Does anyone grow Prickly Pear Cactus?

mary_lu_gwApril 22, 2012

I was wondering if anyone here grows Prickly Pear Cactus? My sister has offered to dig up some starts for me. Until I saw the plant in her garden, I didn't realize that a cactus could grow in cold Wisconsin.

I believe it is the Prickly Pear Cactus but she couldn't say for sure, as she got a start from her son's garden. So it is a pass-a-long plant. It is low growing and when it flowers they are a very pretty yellow.

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tishtoshnm Zone 6/NM

It looks similar to the prickly pear that grows in my area, but our fruits are purplish pink. It grows wild and has survived temperatures of -30 last winter.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2012 at 12:06AM
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I have some in my garden. I find it is slow growing and just started flowering last year. No were near the display in the picture. It does survive.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2012 at 9:49AM
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memo(Zone 4B Nebraska)

I have some in my garden Mary Lu. I don't know where your sister lives but mine doesn't always look too great after a tough winter. I have to dig out some of it due to die back and it can take some time for it to fill back in to where it looks full again. The flowers are gorgeous. They are wild here too. I got mine out of the pasture.


    Bookmark   April 24, 2012 at 3:05AM
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I have two varieties.
The native one is small with barbs and spines both! The other is a large Prickly Pear and grows quite large. I think they add interest and texture to a cottage garden, like Aloes, Agaves, and Ornamental Grasses.
I planted one clump of the large Prickly Pear Cactus in the back, nestled in with some old horse-drawn farming implements that were my great-grandfathers.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2012 at 4:02AM
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I have the thornless variety. It's much easier to remove weeds around it.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2012 at 8:22AM
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docmom_gw Zone 5 MI(5)

The ones with thorns are very prickly. I'm usually pretty tolerant of pokey things,but those were just too sharp.


    Bookmark   April 28, 2012 at 5:36PM
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marquest(z5 PA)

I love them for the blooms. I have traded for a few different color. I had big patches at my old house and I transferred them to my new property. If you have a place that is dry gravel full blazing sun you will get a large patch.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2012 at 9:57PM
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marquest(z5 PA)

This is my orangy red one..

    Bookmark   April 29, 2012 at 12:20PM
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