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Opuntia ID

Posted by karenhen CA (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 7, 10 at 21:54

Can anyone tell me what opuntia this is? I grew it from a pad given to me by my daughter. It's lush, smooth, very green, and over three feet tall at two years of age. The pads are a slightly shiny green. I've been lurking and this is my first post. I'm new to cacti and succulents and am having a wonderful time growing them.

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RE: Opuntia ID

I think it is opuntia cochenillifera. I hope I have the spelling right. It is tender at about 20. Mine died that I just planted at 12 degree (BAAAAAAD winter). Its 10' tall parent turned to mush but I see pads forming on the remaining stubs. It is now 5'. We shouldn't have a winter like this for another 20 years. They are good eating also

Here is a link that might be useful: Opuntia cochenillifera

RE: Opuntia ID

Thanks so much Wantonamara! I've wondered about it for two years. I better protect it if the temps get down. I'm going to try eating some of it too.

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