Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Cactus Season

My first patch of Eastern prickly pear cactus (Opuntia humifusa) has just begun flowering. One out of an ever-growing number of patches of this awesome native plant throughout the garden (see my Plant Care Profile for the species here), this one sits in a particularly sheltered, dry, and scorching hot spot at the foot of the south-facing wall of the house. As a result, it always blooms two or three weeks earlier than all the other specimens.

I have also been adding other hardy species of cacti. Last summer I added a pineapple cactus (Coryphantha sulcata) - see picture here - which so far has been doing quite well, and this year I have so far added baby specimens of claret cup (Echinocereus triglochidiatus), lace cactus (Echinocereus reichenbachii), pincushion cactus (Coryphantha vivipara), and tulip prickly pear cactus (Opuntia phaeacantha).


  1. Your cactus is far ahead of what I have growing here. The prickly pear will be blooming in July along the shore of Lake Michigan in these gardens. I always find it so interesting that they are a native here. As a kid I only thought I would find cactus out West. Jack

  2. Beautiful flowers. Prickly pears are quite common here, but it is usually the larger fruit bearing varieties.


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