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Re: weather

Judy, some opuntias are winter-hardy.  I know several stands here in
the Hudson Valley, most notably a large patch that grow on a rocky
outcrop above the river.  Unlike this strange winter, most years the
temperatures are well below freezing most of the winter, and 
sometimes fall below zero.  I think this species is Opuntia tuna, 
but there has been some question about it.  I have seen another
species in a garden in Chincoteague, Virginia, where the temperatures
are milder than here, but still a lot of freezing weather.  These are much
larger than the local ones, but seem totally hardy.  

In a message dated 01/17/2007 2:57:20 AM Eastern Standard Time, 
judylee@lewiston.com writes:
I think the cacti here are opuntia. Mine looked dead after we went from 70s 
to -10F overnight one fall. Everything was flat dessicated, looked like a 
total loss, but it came back. Lost about half its bulk, but I was surprized 
how much of the part that looked freeze-dried, survived.

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