Christie, Myla and I attended the Central Oklahoma Cacti and Succulent show and sale in Oklahoma City a couple of weeks ago. This is a really good annual show with tons of plants for sale and a small show area for nice specimens. Even though I am not mired in the cacti/succulent hobby, there are plenty of plants that are tempting and others that are neat to just view from outside looking in.
It was also a lot of fun to surround the little one with plants again. She is going to be quite used to spending time in gardens and plant shows.
As always, there were hundreds of different Euphorbia. I was tempted to buy a couple, but I restrained myself. In the end, I only bought a single plant, Stapelia flavopurpurea, which fit my qualifications of being a good value, already rooted (I’m not good at rooting cacti/succulents from cuttings), and already fits in one of my collection niches. The plant has a couple of small buds, so I hope to share some bloom pictures in the next month.
There were many trays of very reasonably priced starter plants. You could start a collection on a limited budget and get a nice variety of plants.
Sometimes it is confusing to me why certain plants are included in the cacti/succulent hobby. For instance, how does the beautiful prize-winning Operculicarya (below) qualify as a cacti or succulent? I think this hobby grouping is loosely defined, unlike many other plant societies (Orchids, Begonias, Aroids, for instance), which are specific taxonomic families.
In the assorted monsters category I found the Trichocereus (above), reminiscent of the graboids from Tremors or the asteroid worm creature (exogorth) that tries to eat the Millennium Falcon. Also there was the strange show plant, the hybrid Euphorbia GH211 (below), which could have been in any number of Sci-Fi movies. Just imagine a crowd of screaming people running away as it trudges down the street, maybe devouring a dog that couldn’t get away fast enough. Yes, it has definitely been in a movie or two.
It seems this annual show is going to be a fixture for me. I was told that next year’s show is going to be even bigger and held at a larger venue. My name is on the mailing list, so I should be notified as it approaches. I look forward to it!