The Opuntia genus offers endless prickly pear variations. Somehow they are the glory and bane in the cactus garden:
Few plants combine brilliant flowers, unique forms mixed with painful (lethal) spines and glochids.
Grow them where they won’t need constant care. Planting in large pots and strategically placed allow plants to live for years without the need for cleaning up or cutting back that can be a challenge for gardeners along with discomfort.
Opuntias propagate easily by cutting off and planting a pad. There is no reason for not building a wonderful collection.
Opuntia Subulata (op-UN-shee-a Sub-yoo-LAH-tuh) also known by the synonym Austrocylindropuntia subulata belongs to the Cactaceae family. It is among 300 or so species that fall into the genus Opuntia which
Opuntia Basilaris [op-UN-tee-a, bas-il-LAIR-iss] is a small Opuntia species from the family Cactaceae (cactus). Native to the deserts of northwest Mexico and southwestern regions of the United States, the plant
Opuntia Humifusa [op-UN-tee-a, hum-ih-FEW-suh] is a succulent, clump-forming shrub from the family Cactaceae. Native to many parts of eastern North America, the plant also has some other scientific names. These include:
Opuntia microdasys [op-UN-shee-a, my-kro-DAS-is], is a flowering species of the cactus family Cactaceae. It is also known by the synonyms as: Cactus microdasys Opuntia macrocalyx Opuntia microdasys var. microdasys The scientific name of