Posts tagged prickly pear

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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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Opuntia species with tuna / Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

Opuntia species with tuna / Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

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Opuntia x spinosabacca / Hybrid prickly pearDesert Botanical Garden, Phoenix
This hybrid is nice cross between Opuntia aureispina and Opuntia phaeacantha. The black on white spines is pretty lovely, right?

Opuntia x spinosabacca / Hybrid prickly pear
Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

This hybrid is nice cross between Opuntia aureispina and Opuntia phaeacantha. The black on white spines is pretty lovely, right?

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Opuntia galapageia / Galapagos prickly pearDesert Botanical Garden, Phoenix
This species of prickly pear is found across all of the Galapagos Islands, off the coast of Ecuador. All forms are considered subspecies or alternate varietal forms. The quantity and density of the glochids is quite unique!

Opuntia galapageia / Galapagos prickly pear
Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

This species of prickly pear is found across all of the Galapagos Islands, off the coast of Ecuador. All forms are considered subspecies or alternate varietal forms. The quantity and density of the glochids is quite unique!

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Last fall the garden extension was prepped, ready, and empty. Now, it is quite different - and Opuntia engelmannii has made a quick comeback after losing more than half it’s mass in the winter storms.

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cactguy:

Opuntia phaeacantha var. mohavensis / Mohave prickly pear


This one has picked up some traction again. (And isn’t it peculiar that “picked up traction” means something has become popular rather than the opposite.)

cactguy:

Opuntia phaeacantha var. mohavensis / Mohave prickly pear

This one has picked up some traction again. (And isn’t it peculiar that “picked up traction” means something has become popular rather than the opposite.)

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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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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 'Coral Carpet' / Timberline Gardens, Arvada, Colorado
I visited just an hour or two too early to see these plants in their full glory with blooms open - quiet a site nevertheless.

Opuntia 'Coral Carpet' / Timberline Gardens, Arvada, Colorado

I visited just an hour or two too early to see these plants in their full glory with blooms open - quiet a site nevertheless.

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Opuntia 'Coral Carpet' / Timberline Gardens

According to Kelly, this is a lovely carpeting form with light, coral pink flowers in June. 6” high by 36” wide. A very unusual new color. Zone 4.

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Opuntia polyacantha 'Crystal Tide' / Timberline Gardens

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As I mentioned previously, much of the magic at Timberline Gardens occurs “behind-the-scenes”.  This is where you find all of the parent plants for the prickly pear and cholla cuttings sold both on the retail garden center side as well as online.  Here are just a few of the gardens that I will be highlighting in more detail this week.

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Opuntia selections / Timbeline Gardens in Arvada, Colorado
It is surprisingly fascinating to see such a variety of unique prickly pear hybrids in such a small space - and shocking in retrospect, having seen the parent plants from which these all come (and the amount of space they take up).

Opuntia selections / Timbeline Gardens in Arvada, Colorado

It is surprisingly fascinating to see such a variety of unique prickly pear hybrids in such a small space - and shocking in retrospect, having seen the parent plants from which these all come (and the amount of space they take up).

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The transplanted Baby Rita, Opuntia basilaris ‘Baby Rita’, is finally putting on new growth for the season.  Looks like it accepted its new locale.

The transplanted Baby Rita, Opuntia basilaris ‘Baby Rita’, is finally putting on new growth for the season. Looks like it accepted its new locale.

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Opuntia engelmannii / end of day

Opuntia engelmannii / end of day