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Brilliant fuchsia flowers in June on rich purple pads. It's the best dark padded variety I've seen. 10" high by 48" wide. Hardy to zone 4. Claude Barr selection. A beautiful specimen for landscaping. Sold as an unrooted cutting.
Shimmering, silvery-white, dense spines make this cholla practically glow in the dark! It will be the most spectacular specimen in your garden. Yellow flowers in June. 36" high by 60" wide. Zone 5. From Don Campbell in Grand Junction, CO. Sold as branched, rooted cutting in 2.5" pot. Hardier than most Chollas.
Near-red flowers in June on a beautiful, dwarf cushion, very choice. Plump, round pads. No spines, tiny glochids. 4" high by 18" wide. Zone 3. Excellent in outdoor containers. (Claude Barr selection, Canada?) Dry fruit. Sold as rooted, 2.5" potted plant.
Smooth, spineless, spoon-shaped pads are deep wine-purple in winter. Glowing, fuchsia-pink flowers in June. One of the hardiest beaver tail types I've tried and the most beautiful. 8" high by 60" wide. Dry fruit. Tremendous landscape potential. Sold as unrooted cutting.
One of my lovely hybrids, 'Prairie Fire' has deep-green, nearly spineless pads that are absolutely covered with flowers in fiery colors of gold and orange. It has a low profile, at 6" high, by 36" wide. Zone 4. Sold as unrooted cutting.
One of my GBG (given by God) seedlings that showed up near ‘Persimmon’ one year. As are most of the GBG babies, it has outstanding characteristics for the garden. 6” high by 30” wide with compact growth. Blue-green pads with sparse, reddish spines. The rich, peachy-pink blossoms have a unique star shape. Beautiful in large containers. Zone 4.
One of the GREAT garden plants from our friends at Waterwise Botanicals. Baby Rita has petite, 3” pads that are lavender in the summer and deep plum in the winter. The papery, delicate, warm pink flowers are abundant in early summer then REPEAT modestly throughout the whole summer! 12” high x 30” wide. Zone 5. Sold as a unrooted cutting.
I call this the "Blue Gumby Cactus". The pads are very blue and the size and shape of a slightly flattened large finger. The flower color is a clear, light pink. Small, cinnamon-colored glochids. 6" high by 18" wide. Very attractive. Zone 5. Sold as unrooted cutting.
One of Claude Barr's most exquisite selections. Large, bright orange, satiny blossoms in June. Vigorous growth. 10" high by 36" wide. Zone 3. Destined to be a favorite of collectors. Dry fruit. Sold as unrooted cuttings.
From our mentor Claude Barr this gorgeous garden variety is contained and polite. It’s stunning golden-yellow flowers have a bright-red eye unlike other forms. It’s fantastic in large containers. The deep red fruit are ABUNDANT and persist all winter. Both the pads and the red fruit are edible and TASTY! 6” high and 24” wide. Zone 3.
Rich peachy/pink double flowers in June look like water lilies on a tidy, well-behaved plant. Large numbers of flowers make this a favorite garden variety. Zone 5. Sold as unrooted cutting.
Particularly globe-shaped, spherical stems make this selection unique. Virtually spineless and occasional deep yellow flowers in June. 3" high by 12" wide. A favorite of rock and trough gardeners. Pads turn purple in winter. Ideal as a root stock to use in grafting of difficult-to-grow species. Zone 4. Origin unknown. Typical of forms on the Co...
A low-profile, vigorous ground cover type literally covered with deep, fuchsia pink flowers in June. You can see this plant a mile away when she's in flower. It has received great acclaim and is very popular. 8 inches high by 48 inches wide. Zone 4. (Steve Miles). Sold as unrooted cutting.
This gorgeous hybrid golden cholla has spines that shimmer in the sunlight. Unusual bronze colored flowers in June. 2 feet high x 4 feet wide. Zone 5. Sold as unrooted cutting.
One of the best RED flowering Opuntias from Claude Barr's collection. The rutilas, a diverse wild hybrid group from western Colorado make good garden plants. Slightly flattened, cylindrical stems and deep reddish-pink flowers in June. Compact habit. 6" high by 24" wide. Zone 4. Dry fruit. Sold as unrooted cutting.
The thin pads are quite spherical and up to 8" across. Single yellow flowers in June followed by juicy lavender fruit. 15" high by 36" wide. Zone 5/6. Collected by Al Frost in Oklahoma. Sold as unrooted cutting.
The Christmas Tree Cholla has a very thin, twiggy stems in a mass of long spines. Green flowers followed by red fruit. 2-4 feet high and wide. Zone 5. This form from Davis Mountains, Texas (Heacock). Sold as 2.5" pot.
An unusual form with LOVELY apricot and green flowers. Found just north of Santa Fe, NM. Zone 5. Polite, compact garden variety, 3-4 feet high and wide. Very rare. Sold as rooted 2.5" pot.
A non-flowering, perpetual juvenile form. Snow white, short spines on small pads, 1" wide by 3" long. The tight, carpeting cushion is 3" high by 24 inches wide. Zone 3. Great in the rock garden or in troughs. Kelly Grummons collection from the Pawnee National Grasslands in eastern Colorado in 1990. Sold in 2.5" pots.
Crisp, white blossoms with green centers on a plant found by Mary Ann Heacock in Phantom Canyon, CO. A "must" for any cacti collector. 60" high by 72" wide. Thrives through zone 5. Sold as unrooted cutting.
Another vigorous Claude Barr selection with peachy-plum flowers in June. Extra large pads have a glossy, purple cast during cooler months. Handsome, long, reddish spines. 15" high by 48" wide. Fergusen thinks this is one of John Cipra's phaeacantha hybrids. Zone 5. Produces abundant, juicy, red fruit. Sold as unrooted cutting.
From Two Buttes in southeast Colorado has red, copper and gold spines with flowers of plum, orange and peach. It's quite a showstopper. 8 inches high by 36 inches wide. Sold as unrooted cutting.
A beautiful, compact, mounding cushion plant with long, dense spicy red spines, pink flowers. 8" high by 12" wide. Zone 3. Claude Barr selection. I would guess it's a fragilis, rutila hybrid. Sold as an unrooted cutting.
A true ground-covering type with glossy, nearly spineless flattened pads and abundant yellow (fading to apricot) flowers in June. 4" high by 36" wide! Zone 4. I acquired it from Mary Ann Heacock. This plant gets more notice than almost any other in my garden. Sold as unrooted cuttings.
A wonderful shrubby cactus from Utah with finger-sized stems and lots of spines. Small, chartreuse flowers in June. 36" high by 60" wide. Zone 5. Sold as unrooted cutting.
A large form of Brittle Cactus with compact growth and lovely coral-pink flowers in June. 6" high by 18" wide. GORGEOUS! Zone 4. Sold as unrooted cutting.
Attained from Don Campbell in 1990. Creamy white near-double flowers in June. Modest spines and a compact habit. Likely a John Cipra hybrid. 10" high by 48" wide. Zone 5.
Sold as unrooted cutting.(O. phaeacantha/basilaris hybrid?)
A beautiful hybrid that appeared in my garden recently. Large, deep lustrous green, nearly spineless pads with double, bright-pink flowers. 8" high by 48" wide. Zone 4. Sold as unrooted cutting.
Considered one of the best garden varieties, period. A compact, yet vigorous plant worthy of much acclaim. Densely spined in gold and completely covered with double, rich peach flowers in June. It's what I would call a floribunda Opuntia. 8" high by 36" wide. Zone 3. Collected by Claude Barr in western Colorado. Sold as unrooted cutting.
Abundant gold flowers with red stripes in the petals in June. This vigorous grower has stunning, cinnamon spines, blue pads and TONS of gorgeous red pears. It may well be the best native strain for fruit production. 12" high by 48" wide. Zone 5. Introduced by Denver Botanic Gardens. Destined to be a favorite landscape variety due to its year aro...
A vigorous strain with internode growth twice the size of the Colorado strain. Very thick stems. Rose-red flowers. This plant crests (fasciates) readily. 72" high and wide. Zone 5. Susceptible to damage by heavy snow. Believed to be from West Texas. Sold as unrooted cutting.
A wonderful new strain with silky peach colored flowers in June on very compact plants. 4" high by 30" wide. Incredibly dense flowering. Zone 4. Sold as unrooted cutting.
Near-white flowers with striking red stamens in June. Compact habit with short, white spines. 6" high by 24" wide. Zone 3. Dry fruit. Claude Barr selection.
The reddest polyacantha that I've seen. Collected by Allan Taylor near Cheyenne-Wells, Colorado. Uniformly cloaked in 1 inch long white spines. Deep, rosy-red flowers in June. 8" high by 48" wide. Sold as unrooted cutting.
An apparent hybrid between basilaris or aurea with fragilis! The small, round, 2-3" wide pads have very short spines and are densely arranged. The petite, deep pinkish-red flowers in June are abundant. Beautiful in the rock garden or in containers. Fergusen thinks this MAY be Opuntia polyacantha v. schweriniana ... still a mystery. 4" high by 18...
This gorgeous hybrid occurred in the garden of Leo Chance in Colorado Springs. The luscious, plump blue pads sport very small red glochids. The gorgeous, candy-pink flowers in June are held snugly upon compact plants. Excellent in the rock garden or in a patio pot. 6" high and 24" wide. Zone 4. Sold as unrooted cutting.
Double, soft pink flowers in June. Pads are purple in winter and lavender in summer. 8" high by 24" wide. Zone 5. Collected at Plants of the Southwest Nursery in Santa Fe, NM. Dry fruit. Sold as unrooted cutting.
Abundant, deep rose flowers in June on very compact, petite plant. 4" high by 18" wide. Zone 3. Dry fruit. Claude Barr Selection. Sold as unrooted cutting.
The Eastern Prickly Pear has delicate, single, lemon yellow flowers in mass in June. Glossy, deep green pads are virtually SPINELESS. Abundant red, juicy fruit in fall. I'm told by my Hispanic friends that this is a tasty nopal! 6" high by 24" wide. Zone 4 Tolerates more water that other species. Eastern US. Sold as unrooted cutting.
An upright shrub with delightful, miniature rose-pink flowers in July followed by abundant green fruit with a rosy shoulder. 5' high and 4' wide. Zone 5. Attained from Mary Ann Heacock. Sold in 2.5" pot.
Wood's prickly pear is a big, handsome phaeacantha type with blue pads, golden spines, and gorgeous salmon-colored flowers. The plant produces an abundance of large, red, juicy fruit. I understand that this plant is rare. 10" high by 60" wide. Zone 4. Sold as unrooted cutting.
The largest cactus species in Colorado (60" high by 72" wide). Reddish-rose flowers in July followed by green fruit. An important landscape plant. Suitable for culture in large pots. Thrives to zone 5. Sold as unrooted cutting.
A compact, mounding cushion-type plant with golden flowers in June. Moderate spination. 8" high by 12" wide. Hardy through zone 3. (Kelly Grummons selection, 2003). May tolerate more water than most Western species. Sold as unrooted cutting.
Brought to us by fellow cactiphile Allan Taylor many years ago. The big, light green pads are decorated with golden spines and huge, brilliant orange flowers in June. By fall, the plant is covered in voluptuous, deep red fruit that make great jelly, sorbet, margaritas…15”H x 60”W. Zone 5.
Wow! This clean, nearly spineless, light green beavertail has petite pads only 3” wide. The delicious, candy pink flowers are abundant in June. The plant is compact and mounding. It’s a great subject in a large pot. 6” high x 30” wide. From my friend David Salman. Zone 5.
A VERY compact plant. Little yellow flowers in June. Cinnamon colored spines. Purple/blue pads in winter. Beautiful! Excellent in pots and in the rock garden. 3" high x 12" wide. Zone 3. Sold as unrooted cutting.
A spineless form with tiny glochids on blue-gray pads. Bright yellow flowers are one of the earliest to appear and one of the last to finish of all species. A low, prostrate variety that always draws a great deal of attention. Often reblooms in July. 6 inches high by 36 inches wide. Zone 5. Sold as unrooted cutting.
Striking CHARTREUSE flowers with green centers in June. 6" high by 24" wide. Selected by Mary Ann Heacock in the Pawnee National Grasslands in eastern Colorado in 1990. One of her favorite selections. Zone 3. Dry fruit. Sold as unrooted cuttings.
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