Cacti and succulents
The species described here originate in the desert Southwest and Mexico; other species are native to those areas and/or other parts of the western U.S., the Great Plains, Canada, and Florida. Most species fall into one of two sorts: those having flat, broad joints (pads), and those having cylindrical joints. Though the use of common names is somewhat inconsistent, members of the first group are often called prickly pear; those in the second group are frequently known as cholla. Hardiness is variable. Flowers are generally large and showy. The fruit is a berry, often edible.Opuntia basilaris
Low-branching plant to 1 ft.high, 4 ft. wide. Oval to roundish gray-green to purplish pads are 2–12 in. wide and 1/2 in. thick, set with spines up to 2 in. long. Rich rose-purple, 2–3-in. spring flowers.
To 7 ft. tall, 1 1/2–2 1/2 ft. wide, with yellow-centered,yellow or orange-yellow single flowers. Tend...
Native to high plains of the West. Longtime favorite for pots, borders, and especially for cutting gar...
Native to dampor wet locales throughout muchof the West. Grows to 2 1/2 ft.high and wide, with upright...