Cylindropuntia whipplei chunking up
A recent cactus fiend
Despite the fact that the last two years have shown me that chollas show spring growth later than prickly pears, it is always a relief to see the little tendrils of life emerging. This is the Opuntia imbricata v. viridiflorus, or Santa Fe cholla, a very rare form of cholla that is only native to Santa Fe county, New Mexico. I planted it last fall after a year and half growing in pots from a cutting purchased through Kelly Grummons at http://www.coldhardycactus.com. Knowing a plant is cold hardy and a plant proving its hardiness are two very different things, so I am quite relieved to this and excited to see how much growth I get out of it this season!
The first cholla of the season to show new growth is also the smallest: Cylindropuntia leptocaulis, or Christmas cholla. My goal is for this one to really put on significant growth over the summer so that I can plant it in the ground in the fall in the proposed extended bed to the left of my Opuntia engelmannii. Which reminds me, I need to get on that project …
Project day is well underway. Here is my new Yucca filamentosa ‘Color Guard’ and dried cholla in place along the living room windows. This is on east/southeast side of the house (and this is Texas), so it should get plenty of sun!
Remember this tastyprawn post the other day about IDing the cactus that I agreed was probably a Cylindropuntia species? Well, I asked if anyone else had any ideas. I got one response:
It’s a monstrose form of one of the columnar cactus, possibly Pachycereus schottii monstrose.
I would challenge this based on the following observation: P. schotti montrose seems to entirely lack the elliptical tubercles that are omnipresent on Cylindropuntia and the specimen in the post.
While the lack of prominent spines is slightly problematic, a quick browsing of Google affirms that there certainly are a wide variety of spines or lack thereof. I wonder if I can find an expert to check this one out.
I got a new necklace in the mail today that I ordered on Etsy from Smokey Taboo Handmade & Unique Jewelry. It is bone, seed, bead, and cholla. It’s bigger than any of the necklaces I’ve bought before, but so rad.