Plant list (Cactus)

Cactus Plants beginning with Opuntia.

Plants will vary in price and container size Some will only be available during dormancy – late Fall or early Spring — and will be updated this winter. Seed and plant exchanges are always welcome! You might also enjoy these two articles; Overwintering Cactus and hardy cactus (window sill plants) for Sequim.

Due to PayPal’s inability to handle and charge appropriate fees for multiple combinations I decided to re-edit all my listings to a ‘plant cost only’. At the bottom of each listing page will be three shipping alternatives. One of these must be chosen before I ship.

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Cactus (Hardy in Sequim WA.)

Opuntia cycloides (ssp. of engelmannii)

 Opuntia local
After twenty years of passing by this beautiful cactus, some 6 by 10 feet by now…I was asked by the owner to prune it back. OKAY!!! I’ll even haul them off.

It is hardy in Zone 7 Sequim, WA. But relishes our dry winters. Sequim, only gets some 15 inches of rainfall a year and happens to be in a mild climate zone. Rarely do we drop down to 10. F. Adding 6 inches of coarse gravel to the potting area would be a good thing to do. Plant under an overhang, facing south. Great protective landscape plant to put under opening windows. These are one gallon plants and they are HUGE! The ONLY shipping option would be the large flat rate box with a pruned back parent plant and three calloused pads.($3.00 ea.) and $16.95 shipping. [wpepsc name=”Opuntia cycloides” price=”9.00″]

No other plants could be added and there would be a weeks delay for the treated cuts to callous before shipping. If you want ONE smaller pad I could ship it in a small flat rate box for $8.95. [wpepsc name=”Opuntia cycloides” price=”3.00″]
Opuntia fragilis.

Opuntia fragilis – Brittle Prickly Pear

To those familiar with the large, shrub-like prickly pears of Arizona, Opuntia fragilis would hardly be recognized as a close relative of those impressive plants.It is, however, it has much smaller pads than most Opuntia, usually just 1-2″ long or occasionally a little longer. The pads have spines that may be rather soft and white to more rigid and somewhat golden or brownish in color. The spine color also varies according to the time of year. In June, yellow flowers are produced, but some forms of this species are rather shy to flower. Two inch pots  $5.95 ea. [wpepsc name=”Opuntia fragilis” price=”5.95″]

The names “fragilis” and “Brittle Prickly Pear” are assigned to this plant for a reason.The pad joints are very brittle and apt to break with very little force. With this in mind, and also considering the pads are so small, the plant is seldom able to grow taller than about 6″. Most frequently, it forms broad, low mats on sunny, dry south or southwest facing slopes with gravelly or sandy soil. It is at its best in isolated areas where competition from other plants is minimal.

Opuntia humifusa
I grow one other more nondescript Opuntia. Opuntia humisifa that I received from a customer. Like the owner it was a Nebraska native and ranges up into Saskatchewan. It is a totally hardy squat toady of a cactus rarely venturing above one foot. In the winter it gets all crinkled up looking like it needs wrinkle cream. This actually is a survival tool, as the extra skin on the pads can swell after being frozen and have enough elasticity to survive below zero degree temperatures. In the spring and summer it plumps up and is quite attractive. Flowers are a pale yellow. 3.5 inch pots $5.95  [wpepsc name=”Opuntia humisifa” price=”5.95″]

One of these must be chosen before I can ship.[wpepsc name=”Single purchase” price=”7.95″]1 plant (Single purchase) $7.95

4-6 plants (Med. flat rate) $12.50 [wpepsc name=”Medium flat rate box” price=”12.95″]

6-9 plants (Lg. flat rate) $16.95 [wpepsc name=”Large flat rate box” price=”16.95″]

All plants can be picked up at my place given notice.


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