Monday, November 18, 2013

Hibotan Moon Cactus

 Gymnocalycium mihanovichii 'Hibotan'
A friend gave me a couple of these brightly coloured cactus some time ago. I am never sure what to do with them as I think you need a lot of them planted together to really make a statement. They are very popular around Christmas time and appeal to youngsters and those who want something in their garden which is a bit of fun. (Nein est ist verkitschung!! I hear you say?) 
It's a hell of a long botanical name for this South American cactus and perhaps for this reason it rarely gets mentioned.They usually go by their Japanese cultivar name of 'Hibotan' or simply as a 'moon cactus' because of their bright colours and shape. As they don't have any chlorophyll , the green stuff necessary for growth, they are normally grafted onto a climbing cactus such as a Cereus species.  

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