hi, everyone! My name is Anna and welcome to cactus caffeine, where I share with you, my passion of growing cactus and other desert plants over a cup of coffee. So for today, we are going to do something different because I am going to show you my purple cactus collection, so I have here some of them. I have a lot more, but I’m gonna present them to you. By genus, so a lot of us, I know have been collecting the blue colored cactus, so that is also looks very pretty, But when I looked at my collection, I realized I have more purple cactus or purple cacti than blue. I have a few blue cacti. They’re all columnar, but I don’t have a lot, so I have more purple cactus. So that is what we are going to do today. Is I’m going to show you my purple cactus collection? So we’re going to start off with the Genus Gymno collision. So actually, if you look online and search purple cactus, most of them will be a gymnal collision, so let’s start off with the more popular Purple Gymnu collision. Which is the Mihanovichi eye? So I have three. So these three right here are all Gymno Coliseum Mi Hanovici eye. So usually these are the ones that you see grafted, so the cultivars the new cultivars of these are the ones that they call mutants because they are like all red, all yellow orange, so they are the ones that are called Moon Cactus and you see them grafted on top of say a dragon fruit or because they connect, they cannot survive on their own if they don’t have green chlorophyll in them, usually they don’t survive in their own roots, so they have to be grafted, but the purple ones they can actually grow in their own roots. So this is a Mihana vci, so it actually comes in like different looks or different forms. So these three when I bought them. They’re all labeled mihanovici. So this one as well as you can see, it is a little bit bigger than the first one I showed you, and then this one is labeled. I’ll flash the whole name of this on the screen, But this is when I bought this, the label, said Gymno Calicio Mihanovichi. I frayed Richie Freight, Richie Richie. So that is the full name of this cactus now. A lot of viewers have been commenting on this one, and this is actually a very good. Uh, Mihanovichi eye type. Because this one stays purple despite the sun exposure, so even if it’s under partial shade full sun, cold weather, hot weather, the color stays the same. It stays bright, purple red. Unlike these other two, they have the tendency to turn green when you provide them less sun exposure or when you put them under shade. In fact, the story how I got this one is I ordered online. A mihanovichi and the picture online looks something like this, but when this got delivered to me, it was all green. Believe it or not, it’s all green, So I complained, and I said I think you sent me the wrong cactus, and then they said, oh, it’s gonna turn red when you expose it in more sun, but anyway to make the long story short, they said, if you’re not, um, happy with what we sent, you would be glad to send you another one. And when they sent me the second one, it was this, which is exactly what was on the picture on the website, so I ended up with two Mihanovichi eye, but this one like I said, it turns purple when you expose it to sunlight, but under the shade. This is completely green, so the flowers of these. They’re usually pink. Some are lighter pink. Some are, you know, brighter pink, but they usually have pink flowers on them. So I’m going to show you the flowers of these. I’m going to look in my archives in my computer and see if I can show you the flowers of these, uh, mihanovici. And then moving on to these two cacti in the middle, they look similar to a mi hanovici eye, But this is actually a Gymno Coliseum. Damn CI. So this they have a nice, small pink flowers and I was successful in pollinating them. It’s quite easy to pollinate this type of cactus. As you can see here. I have a lot of, um, fruit cactus fruit, which I haven’t cleaned yet, but I just leave it there, so I know it came from this cactus, and I also was able to sow the seeds of these last year. Some of the seeds and the babies are actually cute, so even though they’re still small, they already have that purple color on them. So the only thing is if you have purple colored seedlings. They grow slower than the ones that have green color on them, so I have seedlings of the Gymno Coliseum Mihanovici, which has a more green coloring on them and they’re very much bigger than this one. So the last gymno collegium that I want to show you. Is this one? This is pretty new. It was given to me last year by Planet Desert. So this is the complete name of this cactus. So when I got this, it was more green. Um, but then when I exposed it to more sun, it turned more purple, and now it is all purple, so in the winter. Even though it’s getting less a sun now it’s still purple, so I think the cold weather is, uh, able to maintain its coloration, And I haven’t seen the flower on this one yet. This is this hasn’t flowered for me, but I will look it up in the internet and show you the picture of the flower here, but look at the spines. I like it. It has a long spine for a gymno collision very, very beautiful, so in terms of care of this purple gym, no collision. I actually treat them pretty much the same as my other Gymno Coliseum, Except that if you want to maintain the bright purple color, especially for those that have the tendency to turn green when they lack sunlight. So I would suggest that you expose them to sun, but not bright sun just filtered sun but provide them enough sunlight for them to bring out that purple color, but be aware or beware because they can also burn. I will show you how it looks like. When it is burned, it actually turns, um, brown. You can’t see very well here. I think, but this perp this spot right here. Those actually burned during the summer, so they can burn and they will turn brown instead of purple, but if you want to maintain the bright purple color of them, so expose them to a lot of filtered sunlight. Okay, so that’s it for the Gymno Coliseum. Now let us move on to the next genus in my cactus. That is also colored purple, the next one on my list of purple cactus. Is this Aquinas serious rigidissimu’s, so this is one of my favorite cacti, and I maybe you can tell why because it is very attractive with or without flowers, so it stays this bright pink color all year round, and I have a couple of this actually growing in my garden, so they are able to withstand our desert heat here in Las Vegas. The they have bright, Big Magenta flowers. I made a video of the care about this cactus. If you want to see that video, I’ll put a link up on your screen and also below this video. So this is the echinocerius rigidissimu’s now off to the next genus. Next one I have right Here. Are three genus of cacti first. This one with a flower buds on them. This is a neochilenaia. So or the more common name now is Eriosis. That is the name of this cactus. So I haven’t seen the flower on this one. This is the first time this will flower for me, but I am very excited because look at how many buds there are on top of it. It’s been growing very, very slow. The buds are developing very slow. I guess because it is winter right now, but they’re growing. They’re getting there so as you can see the body as well has a purplish color on it very pretty. Okay, so it’s more of purple brown, and then this one is a Rebucia. So this is Rebucia fulviceta and this one. Bring a gives bright red flowers. This one gave me a super bloom the past two years. Hopefully it will give me another super bloom this year, but this one also has a purplish brown body on it and I like how the yellow spines accents, the purple brown color of the cactus and then finally here. This one is well finally for this set, but I have more to show you And this is a Copiapo. This is Copiapoa. Let me check the name. I started them writing down the names on the pot Copiapoa Calderana. So this was given to me by Daz of cacti mania. So as you can see, it also has a purple color on its body, but last summer when it was, um, warmer and it received more sunshine, its body was actually more purple, but now that it’s winter and it’s getting less sunlight, it is somehow turning a little bit green, but you can see it is still purple. Um, on the edges, okay, So this is Copiapola Calderana. Hopefully it will flower for me soon as well. So I almost forgot these two right here. I have two more. This is, uh, be two more before I show you the finale. So this is an Ariosi’s J. Uh, it’s hard to pronounce the name on it, So I’ll just name it. Ariosis J. But this one is very beautiful. The flower’s on it. It finally flowered for me last year. It is so pretty it’s pink in color. I will show you the picture of the flower here on the screen, but this one is also very tough when it comes to heat. I’ve exposed this to full morning sun here in the desert and he was able to survive it. The body stays purple all year round, Although as you can see, it has a tinge of somewhat green on it, but predominantly it is purple and then look how vicious those spines looks like. It is amazing how the flowers are able to come up on top of those spines and still manage to open and then down here. I have a little one. This is a sulcuribucia that was given to me. This is actually degrafted. So this is the golden spine’s variety. So when it was given to me freshly degrafted, it was more purple, But right now I am still rooting it. It has been several months and it hasn’t rooted yet, so it turned a little bit green, but like I said, when it was given to me, It was very bright purple. It was very, very pretty, so hopefully when this roots and you know, starts growing, it will revert back to that bright purple color and for my finale. I have my purple appontias so I have here two in a pot, and then I have one more That is planted in the ground. This is a baby, Santa Rita. So this one, I always overwinter this outside because I like the way it looks when it is stressed with cold temperature, so it turns this purple color, so with cold temperature, it turns it like this, but during the summer when it is warmer, it actually is more of like this color right here, so it still has that purple color even in the summer, but it, it turns, um, green and purple, but during winter with enough cold temperature, it just turns into this bright purple colored pad, very, very beautiful and then also. I have another one here. This one! I this bigger one. I don’t know what the name of. Ouch, I don’t know what the name of this one is, but, um, this was given to me as a cutting. Um, I think three two three years ago. When I signed up for the cactus and succulent Society of Nevada, they gave free Apontia cuttings and I chose this one, so it started with just that pad at the bottom, and then after its it’s growing a little bit slower than I expected. But after two or three years, it developed two more pads on the top. But look how long this spine is. This is probably what, like four or five inches long, so this one is also very cold, Hardy, so both of them are very cold, Hardy. So every winter, I leave them outside to stress them out with a cold temperature, so it’ll bring out that purple color on their pads. And then I have the big Santa Rita of Pontia, which is in my garden and I’m gonna show it to you here so that when I planted it in the ground, It also turns purple in colder temperatures. Actually, that one, it stays purple, even though it is summer, so the big Centaurita Puntia stays. Um, more purple all throughout the year. This is my purple cactus collection. So it would be nice. You know, to have some purple colored cactus in your collection because with or without flowers, they are very attractive. They provide that pop of color in your garden or in your collection. Alright, so if you like this video, guys? 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