Opuntia basilaris / Beavertail cactus
Ottosen Entry Garden, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix
Opuntia basilaris ssp. / Beavertail cactus
Dryland Mesa, Denver Botanic Gardens
A recent cactus fiend
I moved a few of the Opuntia basilaris ‘Baby Rita’ and O. humifusa (from randomc) from “The Coffin” into my main garden to fill some of the spaces left from the winter. It’s amazing how small the O. hemifusa are yet still in bloom.
Anyone else need a rooted start of O. basilaris ‘Baby Rita’? Want to trade something?
Might be anthropomorphism, but, this cactus cactguy sent me last fall looks very solemn and thoughtful. Probably very upset to lose all it’s breathren to frost…
Opuntia basilaris ‘Baby Rita’ is such a photogenic prickly pear, but all the mini and micro ones are.
The Coffin was completely overgrown, so today I trimmed with the edger and them came back in with hand shears to finish the job. Everything that I planted in the fall - including the Opuntia hemifusa which I thought were dead - looks great. I have a lot of new pads and even quite a few blooms growing!
Been waiting for an update on a few of my favorites? Well, here you go: Opuntia basilaris ‘Baby Rita’, Opuntia imbricata var. varidiflorus, Opuntia ‘Mesa Melon’, Opuntia fragilis (debreczyi) var. denuda, and Maehuiniopsis darwinii. Whew, that’s a mouthful!
Coffin update: The Opuntia basilaris ‘Baby Rita’, O. ellisiana, and the prickly pear that I removed from the planting spot amongst the flagstone area are all showing new growth. That means everything except the O. microdasys montrose are thriving! The Agave salmiana is looking strong, too.
The prickly pears in my lower garden, The Coffin, continue to grow more quickly than those in my backyard. Several of the Opuntia engelmannii already have 1-2 inch pads! The weeds, however, are growing even more quickly. While the O. ellisiana and O. microdasys montrose look healthy they are not yet showing spring growth, and the O. basilaris ‘Baby Rita’ is a striking color of purple throughout - that I have never seen in either specimen in my backyard. Friday, after picking up the greenhouse collection, I hope to get back down there and clean it up a bit before the weeds take complete control!
It wouldn’t be a complete day without an update on the prickly pears. Feast your eyes on this - and Spring has only just begun! I can’t overstate my enthusiasm that the Opuntia ‘Mesa Melon’ is taking off and planning to double in size!
Look what came in the mail today !!!!
Had no idea how big the pads would be , so excuse the small pots . Getting bigger ones tomorrow .
I LOVE the Baby Rita and the pictures are beautiful.
Was stupid and didn’t wear gloves and am definitely paying for it now .
So so so happy !
Thank you Cactguy !!
Here is the swag from my first giveaway. So happy they already arrived. Enjoy buddy! (I use heavy duty rubber gardening gloves to protect from glochids.)