ISI 2005-2. Echinopsis ‘Hallucination’

We first planted this new cultivar in the Desert Garden in the late 1980s. It soon disappeared. We wondered at the time if it had been lifted by some adventurous visitor who hoped that the name referred to the plant’s psychoactive properties. If so, that person was probably disappointed, as the name, in fact, alludes to its day-glow flower colors, described by hybridizer Mark Dimmitt as intense crimson and purple. This is another of his selections for vivid repeat bloom, in this case a third generation descendant of Johnson’s Paramount Hybrids including E. ‘Red Meteor’ and E. ‘Fire Chief’, among others. Rooted cuts of HBG 59226, Dimmitt 121-1. $7.50.

Photo © 2005 by John N. Trager. Images may not be used elsewhere without permission.

Published in the Cactus and Succulent Journal, Vol. 77 (2), March - April, 2005