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 grows to 1 ft. high and 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.
From the deserts of Southern California and northern Mexico. Grows to 1–4 ft. tall and 1 1/2 ft....
Native to North Africa and Spain. This little charmer slowly forms a dense, spreading mat of finely di...
This perennial species can reach 10 ft. tall and 4 ft. wide; it has light green, deeply lobed leaves t...