Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Hardy Cactus Unkown Name

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Cinta
Apr 13, 2012 7:53 PM CST
I have these hardy Cactus in the garden but do not know the names. They are very pretty. They remind me of Peony blooms.


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tarev
Apr 13, 2012 8:22 PM CST
They are very beautiful Lovey dubby
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SongofJoy
Apr 14, 2012 4:27 AM CST
They look to be Opuntias but I can't tell as much about the bottom photo, Cinta. If they are cold-hardy in your zone, I would definitely say Opuntias for both of them.


Edited to add: If you are ever plant trading, I'd love to have a pad or two or a cutting of that bottom plant. Smiling
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Cinta
Apr 14, 2012 12:13 PM CST
They are both oputinas with different flower colors. I have one that blooms a light peach. Oputinas do have names like roses, I was saying I do not know what Oputina name they are. The flower on the second one is coming from the pad you can see.

If you shoot me a email after they finish blooming I will tag you a pad or two of any color you want. You do know they fight back. Rolling on the floor laughing Also they are very hardy. I get lots of snow and ice. They lay down and play dead in the winter sit up and multiply in the summer.

This is the other color I have.


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SongofJoy
Apr 14, 2012 12:51 PM CST
Oops, I thought you were trying to ID the plant.

Yes, I know about them. It's a love/hate relationship. Hilarious! Mostly love though.

These are a couple of my Opuntia humifusa(s). Several are rooting on the ground. I can't find a photo of their blooms right now, but it's a yellow flower similar to the flower in your top picture. Large flower and large pads.

I have other Opuntias as well.


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Cinta
Apr 14, 2012 1:08 PM CST
Is it yellow like this one?


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SongofJoy
Apr 14, 2012 1:14 PM CST
Very similar but the pads look different to me.

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Cinta
Apr 14, 2012 1:29 PM CST
I have a lot of them and they are all growing together in one area. That is why I said if you want a certain color bloom I will have to wait until they are blooming and put your name on the pad.

I planted them in a area that I do not plan to ever touch again. I sat on a bunch of them one summer and I swear I did not think I was ever going to be able to sit on my behind again in life. So they are all in a safe spot by themselves.
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SongofJoy
Apr 14, 2012 1:37 PM CST
Very wise to plant them where they won't have to be touched again. Sitting on them ... Ouch! Glare

I'd like one or two pads with the orange blooms. One dark and one light, if possible. Thanks, and now I'll try to remember these when the time comes.

You might post over in the Plant ID forum to see if you can get a species ID for any of them.
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Cinta
Apr 14, 2012 5:19 PM CST
OK you are going to have to shoot me a reminder.
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SongofJoy
Apr 15, 2012 1:50 AM CST
I tip my hat to you.
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Stush2019
Apr 17, 2012 6:07 PM CST
I hear some stories of how to get the fine red spines out. Put wood glue over the area. Let dry and peel off. I really don't think it would work. When my son was small, about 3 years old, he grabbed a house plant paddle cactus and had it all over his arm. I tried my best to get all the spines out. Duct tape seemed to work but it grabbed hair also. Later his arm looked like he was in poison ivy. That was the last paddle cactus in my house. My day gave me some of the small types. With yellow flowers only. They are out side where no ones, man or beast goes. Cinda is right about that. And they do look like they will never recover from winter but they do.

I posted about the large paddle cactus. Why I don't see it now? But my brother who lives in South Carolina has some I got and planted for him. They have yellow water lily blooms. Vary nice but also wicked. His is over 5 ft. tall and wide.

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