Posts tagged opuntia

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Opuntia species / Sonoran Desert National Monument, ArizonaWhile ocotillo and saguaro dominate the landscape along the flats, other species - including Mammillaria, cholla, and prickly pears can also be spotted fairly easily.

Opuntia species / Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona

While ocotillo and saguaro dominate the landscape along the flats, other species - including Mammillaria, cholla, and prickly pears can also be spotted fairly easily.

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Ferocactus, Opuntia and Stenocereus / Desert Botanical Garden, PhoenixI have no recollection of how dense this stand of cacti was, but I am thinking it was much more spacious than this shot portrays - but it looks pretty amazing.

Ferocactus, Opuntia and Stenocereus / Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

I have no recollection of how dense this stand of cacti was, but I am thinking it was much more spacious than this shot portrays - but it looks pretty amazing.

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Sceloporus species on prickly pear / Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

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Opuntia species with tuna / Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

Opuntia species with tuna / Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

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Saguaro trio / Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

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Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

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Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix / Ottosen Entry Garden
The Ottosen Entry Garden, opened in 2009, features four small gardens with a vista of red sandstone formations that make Papago Park one of the highlights of Phoenix.

Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix / Ottosen Entry Garden

The Ottosen Entry Garden, opened in 2009, features four small gardens with a vista of red sandstone formations that make Papago Park one of the highlights of Phoenix.

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Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix
Entrance plantings

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Psss … Anyone interested in seeing some of this over the next few weeks?

Psss … Anyone interested in seeing some of this over the next few weeks?

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Opuntia species / Timberline Gardens, Arvada, Colorado
cactusmandan, this is one you’d love, right?  Owner Kelly Grummons received this from a friend, and wasn’t exactly sure on the proper ID.  He doesn’t have it listed on his site, but I’ll be asking him for a cutting of this one for sure! 

Opuntia species / Timberline Gardens, Arvada, Colorado

cactusmandan, this is one you’d love, right?  Owner Kelly Grummons received this from a friend, and wasn’t exactly sure on the proper ID.  He doesn’t have it listed on his site, but I’ll be asking him for a cutting of this one for sure! 

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Once the Opuntia reach gallon size, they are transported to these long rectangular beds across the street from the main commercial side of the Timberline Gardens greenhouses.

First, just take in the beauty of so many prickly pear and cholla in one place.  Ok, now, do you see those plastic pallets in the background?  It turns out, those cottonwood trees past the field behind them are a real nuisance (as they are most places), so every fall they must choose the right time as summer temperatures begin to dissipate and the cottonwood leaves begin to fall.  They can even cover the plastic pallets with cloth with pallets preserving air flow around the plants.  Once the leaves have fallen, they remove the coverings and let winter takes its course.  Pretty low tech and effective strategy.

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After touring me through his specialty prickly pears, Kelly Grummons took me across the street to view some other growing areas.  Here are a few more shots of the Opuntia mother plants from which Timberline Gardens and www.coldhardycactus.com collect their cuttings.

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Opuntia Eli’s Purple Cholla / Timberline GardensThis one is a nice shade of deep green and forms dense clumps.  This species was found by Timberline Gardens’ own John Navant.  As the name suggests, it has purple blooms.

Opuntia Eli’s Purple Cholla / Timberline Gardens

This one is a nice shade of deep green and forms dense clumps.  This species was found by Timberline Gardens’ own John Navant.  As the name suggests, it has purple blooms.

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Opuntia polyacantha 'Crystal Tide' / Timberline Gardens