Beautiful Flowers are Sometimes Toxic

    A night-blooming Sacred Datura (Datura wrightii) trumpet flower starting to uncurl is a beautiful thing, but the plant is also a toxic hallucinogen. It’s in the nightshade family, along with tomatoes, potatoes and eggplant, but unlike those, is not edible. Sphinx and Hawk moths are common pollinators of the plant. To learn more about […]

Saguaro Cactus in Bloom

It’s May; time for the fleeting once-a-year blossoms on the Saguaro cactus. If you want to photograph them, get up early in the morning, as they are night-bloomers and their blossoms soon wilt in the sun. These were photographed at about 10 AM and already show signs of burning up from the sunlight. Image copyrighted. Reproduction and […]

Pink Cereus Flower

Generally I’m not a fan of the color pink, but this beauty caught my eye when it bloomed in the front yard of one of my neighbors. As it turned out, this was just the first of several dozen blooms which erupted in wash of fuscia over her collection of cactus. These are night-blooming Cereus, which are […]

Cereus Hildmannianus

This morning I awoke to a lovely surprise: my night-blooming pipe cactus had errupted in a showy display of flowers – 12 of them! So I went out with my point ‘n shoot camera, since my pro cameras were all at the studio, to capture the blooms and got the added bonus of catching a Carpenter Bee enjoying his […]

Sacred Datura

SACRED DATURA is a night-blooming perennial plant which grows wild throughout Mexico and the southwestern portion of United States. It produces large white flowers and blooms through the summer on plants which can reach three feet tall, then generates thorny seed pods which open when fully ripe. It is also referred to as Jimson Weed, Indian Apple and […]