Friday, June 24, 2011

The Cacti Are Blooming!

Eastern prickly pear cacti (Opuntia humifusa) to be more specific. One of my favorite native plants, this little beauty is definitely one of the stars of the south-facing border in our front yard. See here for a Plant Care Profile I did for this species.

Eastern prickly pear cactus (Opuntia humifusa)

Encouraged by the success I have been having with this plant, I recently added another species of cactus to our garden. The pineapple cactus (Coryphantha sulcata), also known somewhat more awkwardly as nipple cactus, is supposedly hardy to Zone 5 and produces pale yellow flowers on rounded little plants.

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