Plant ID forum: prickly pear

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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Oct 27, 2011 6:38 PM CST
Thumb of 2011-10-28/gardengus/ae6c14
I know it is a prickly pear but which one?
Growing here in zone 5
The one I am use to has a pure yellow flower, this one has some orange.

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Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Oct 27, 2011 6:45 PM CST
I like that one!!
Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Oct 27, 2011 6:49 PM CST
I'm pretty sure it's this one:

Opuntia macrocentra
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/72180/
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
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gardengus
Oct 27, 2011 7:46 PM CST

Thumb of 2011-10-28/gardengus/d4af29

another photo of lesser quality.


Lee Anne ,
The link picture looks good but the hardiness says zone 8 and this one is growing in 5 ?
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Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Oct 27, 2011 7:52 PM CST
?
http://coldhardycactus.com/Pages/OP054.htm
Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Oct 28, 2011 8:40 AM CST
This link shows zone 6 that is possible Smiling
The DG link said zone 8 so I was think not possible here in zone 5

Wow , nice link who knew so many opuntia
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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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KentPfeiffer
Oct 28, 2011 12:43 PM CST

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Opuntias are often difficult to identify because there is a tremendous amount of variability within each species and most species will freely hybridize with each other (probably one reason why there is so much variability within species), resulting in many intermediate forms.

That said, Opuntia humifusa would be the species you would most likely encounter in Indiana, both in the wild and in cultivation:

http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=OPHU

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