RED SPIKE ICE PLANT (CEPHALOPHYLLUM ALSTONI), CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN, GLENCOE, ILLINOIS, JANUARY 25, 2012
Tamron SP AF 90mm f2.8 DI Macro
1/60 sec. f8
The succulent plant from southwestern South Africa is only about five inches high, but its intense cerise bloom (here dime-sized in its early stages) will grow to about two inches wide in a week or two. Though it lay low on the ground, the red, red flower immediately captured my eye as I strode through the arid greenhouse at the Chicago Botanic Garden.