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Future garden giants are happy

I got cuttings from a spineless prickly pear cactus I have drooled over for years, let them heal, potted them up….and it worked!  They have all sprouted multiple pads and today one bloomed! Thank you so much to Shirley at Rock-Oak-Deer for her amazingly detailed propagating barrel cactus pups post that I adapted.  I am so excited today; this is one of those beautiful gardening firsts that I will never forget.  I really wanted THIS variety of opuntia – this one that is spineless with the non-rounded tops to the pads when mature – almost rippled at the tops and the pads fold a wee bit.  The pads of the mother plant are HUGE as well.  Can anyone help me with the exact ID? (update: it is Opuntia engelmannii var subarmata). I am in awe – when I woke up this morning and saw this bloom I did a little jig!  I have three and they will be the future giants in my front garden.

ahhhhh…sweet cactus flower how I love thee…

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6 Comments

  1. That looks good Heather. I don’t know the name of the cactus but it does look like a nice addition to the garden with crinkly, spineless properties. Interesting that it bloomed now since most local prickly pear bloom much earlier in the year. This is probably due to potting it up and forcing the bloom.

    • Thanks Shirley! I guess I should consider myself lucky with this beautiful bloom then! – xericstyle

  2. I didn’t know there were spineless varieties, that would save a lot of anguish at harvest time. Christina

    • Ha! You would think…but they still have glochids and I don’t know if it is just me, but they hurt more! WAY MORE! It is almost as if you get stung! Hurts a lot longer too – eek! – xericstyle

  3. Desert Dweller

    Looks like Opuntia monstrosa (it gets large)…I forget the common name

    • Cool! I’ll check it out! Thank you so much! This opuntia hugs the ground close and still is 5 ft plus high by like…hmmmmm….8ft plus in diameter’ish….and HUGE pads. – xericstyle

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