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RE: It's December? Already?


Hmmm. I don't know the species of what I have. I got it from Yucca Do,
and they list it simply as Opuntia "Old Mexico", says zone 8a to 10. In
a normal year, if the zone info is correct, it should manage. Last year
was way cold though. I wanted spineless because husband gripes a lot if
he has to work anywhere near prickly things. We have a little native
prickly pear in the hills around here, very pretty pink flowers, but
it's got serious weaponry or I'd bring home a pad or two.

Cyndi


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Cathy Carpenter
Sent: Monday, December 03, 2007 1:45 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] It's December? Already?

Depends on the species of Opuntia. O. humifusa is native to the
entire eastern half of the US. Mine grows quite happily in Illinois,
despite winter moisture and freezing. O. macrorhiza and O. fragilis
are also quite cold tolerant.

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Dec 3, 2007, at 12:10 PM, Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT wrote:

>
> So we had our nice rain on Friday, I can see the dry garden
> appreciated
> it, the penstemons in particular sort of perked up. I am not so
> sanguine
> about my opuntia cactus, despite the new growth it put on during the
> summer it isn't looking that happy now. Maybe it just isn't meant to
> live where it freezes. This spring I will go knock on the door of the
> guy at the end of our block, he has a nice spineless opuntia that
> seems
> to do okay here, I'll beg a couple of pads from him.
>
> Cyndi
>
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