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One of the best RED/PINK flowering Opuntias from Claude Barr's collection. The rutilas, a diverse wild hybrid group from western Colorado make good garden plants. Slightly flattened, cylindrical stems and deep reddish-pink flowers in June. Compact habit. 6" high by 24" wide. Zone 4. Dry fruit. Sold in 2.5"-pot.
One of the best RED flowering Opuntias from Claude Barr's collection. The rutilas, a diverse wild hybrid group from western Colorado make good garden plants. Slightly flattened, cylindrical stems and deep reddish-pink flowers in June. Compact habit. 6" high by 24" wide. Zone 4. Dry fruit. Sold as rooted pad in 2.5" Pots.
The largest cactus species in Colorado (60" high by 72" wide). Reddish-rose flowers in July followed by green fruit. An important landscape plant. Suitable for culture in large pots. Thrives to zone 4. EASY to grow. Try it in a large pot on the patio if you don't have room in the garden. Sold in 2.5"- pots.
Another choice selection of the Colorado Tree Cholla with vibrant violet-red blossoms in July. Discovered by Fred Becker in Colorado. 60" high by 72" wide. Zone 5. It is beautiful when combined with 'Taylor's Santa Fe Red', 'White Tower', and Sante Fe Cholla. Sold as 2.5" Pots or as unrooted cuttings.
A vigorous strain with internode growth twice the size of the Colorado strain. Very thick stems. Magenta flowers. This plant crests (fasciates) readily. 72" high and wide. Zone 5. Susceptible to damage by heavy snow. Believed to be from West Texas. Sold as unrooted cutting. Now sold in 2.5" pot.
The rare Santa Fe Cholla is only found in one small area north of Santa Fe, NM. It is about a third the size of the tree cholla. The stunning apricot-colored flowers have a green center. If this was a rose, it would be considered a floribunda...tons of flowers in late June/July. 3 ft H x 5 ft W. Zone 4. This is not a "jumping" type of chol...
Every now and then an OUTSTANDING new garden plant surfaces. I was given this plant many years ago by our friend Hans at Kakteen Garten in Germany. Hans has one of the finest collections of garden-worthy, winter-hardy American cacti.
'Pinky' is unlike any cholla that I've seen. It is moderately sized (3-4 ft H x 4 ft W) so it is comfortable...
NEW 'Mouse Ears' is one of the most striking of the spineless Cat's Paw Cacti. The branchlets reach upwards. This super-hardy strain has gorgeous yellow flowers. Hardy to zone 3. Ideal in pots, troughs, or in the rock garden. 4 inches high and 12 inches wide. Now sold as a rooted plant in a 2.5" pot.
Marvelous, spherical, POTATO stems. This spineless treasure is the deep pink counterpart to the popular potato cactus. I had long hoped to discover a color variant to Potato. From our friend Sean Hogan at Cistus Nursery in Portland, OR. This incredibly hardy variety is a zone 4 plant. 3" high x 10" wide. Sold in 2.5-inch pots.
This Christmas Tree Cholla cactus has a very thin, twiggy stems in a mass of short-med spines. Green flowers followed by red fruit. 2-4 feet high and wide. Zone 5. This form from Davis Mountains, Texas (Heacock). Sold as 2.5" pot.
Plant this with OP118 Cylindropuntia leptocaulis (Long Spined Form) to provide good pollination. This will ensure...
Yellow/apricot flowers in June. Moderate sized plant, good groundcover, very spiny. 3" high by 24" wide. Zone 5. (Collected by Dixie Dringman, Rock Island, WA). Sean Hogan suggests that it is Opuntia fragilis v. columbiana. Now sold as a rooted plant in a 2.5" pot or unrooted cuttings (when available.)
Simple yellow June flowers fade to apricot the second day. The plant is small and compact. 3" high by 24" wide. Zone 2/3. Collected in Southern Wyoming by Kelly Grummons. Sold in 2.5"-pots or unrooted cuttings (when available.)
Deep pink flowers in June on a beautiful, dwarf cushion, very choice. Plump, round pads. No spines, tiny glochids. 4" high by 18" wide. Zone 3. Excellent in outdoor containers. (Claude Barr selection, Canada?) Dry fruit. Sold as rooted, 2.5" potted plant or unrooted cuttings (when available.)
This dark spined Cat's Paw forms a tight mound. The glossy, dark spines make a real show. Yellow flowers in June. 6" high by 15" wide. Zone 4. (Don Campbell, Grand Junction, CO, originally from Delores County, CO). Sold as 2.5" potted plant or unrooted cuttings (when available.)
Particularly globe-shaped, spherical stems make this selection unique. Virtually spineless and occasional deep yellow flowers in June. 3" high by 12" wide. A favorite of rock and trough gardeners. Pads turn purple in winter. Ideal as a root stock to use in grafting of difficult-to-grow species. Zone 4. Origin unknown. Typical of forms on the Co...
A true ground-covering type with glossy, nearly spineless flattened pads and abundant yellow (fading to apricot) flowers in June. 4" high by 36" wide! Zone 4. I acquired it from Mary Ann Heacock. This plant gets more notice than almost any other in my garden. Now sold in 2.5" pot or unrooted cuttings (when available.)
A low profile species discovered by Mary Ann Heacock and described and named by Gerald Arp. Compact to trailing growth, short spines, new growth can grow from roots (unique) and roots exhibit glochids. Yellow flowers in June and dry fruits. 5" high by 24" wide. Zone 3. (Arkansas River Valley, CO). Now sold as a rooted plant in a 2.5" pot. Very...
An upright shrub with delightful, miniature rose-pink flowers in July followed by abundant red fruit that stays ornamental all winter! 5' high and 4' wide. Zone 5. Attained from Mary Ann Heacock. Sold in 2.5" pot or unrooted cuttings (when available.)
Lemon yellow flowers in June, vigorous grower, large, red, tasty fruit. Fruit is excellent for making jelly, syrup, sorbet, or margaritas! 8" high by 48" wide. Zone 3. Collected near Paradox, Colorado. Sold in 2.5-inch pots..
Abundant gold, red-eyed flowers in June. This vigorous grower has stunning, cinnamon spines, blue pads and TONS of gorgeous red pears. It may well be the best native strain for fruit production. 12" high by 48" wide. Zone 5. Introduced by Denver Botanic Gardens. Destined to be a favorite landscape variety due to its year around beauty. Sold a...
A vigorous Bob Johnson variety with peachy/coral flowers in June. Very large pads on handsome plants. 15" high by 48" wide. (Fergusen thinks this is one of John Cipra's phaeacantha hybrids) Zone 5. Large, red fruit. Sold as rooted pad in 2.5" Pots.
Another vigorous Claude Barr selection with peachy-plum flowers in June. Extra large pads have a glossy, purple cast during cooler months. Handsome, long, reddish spines. 15" high by 48" wide. Fergusen thinks this is one of John Cipra's phaeacantha hybrids. Zone 5. Produces abundant, juicy, red fruit. Sold as rooted pad in 3.5" Pots.
Near-white flowers with striking red stamens in June. Compact habit with short, white spines. A polite heirloom garden variety. 6" high by 24" wide. Zone 3. Dry fruit. Claude Barr selection. Sold as rooted pad in 2.5" Pots.
Considered one of the best garden varieties, period. A compact, yet vigorous plant worthy of much acclaim. Densely spined in gold and completely covered with double, rich peach flowers in June. It's what I would call a floribunda Opuntia. 8" high by 36" wide. Zone 3. Collected by Claude Barr in western Colorado. Sold as rooted pad in 2.5" Pots.
One of the truest orange-colored polyacanthas that we've seen. This old cultivar showed up in early catalogs including that of the famous plantsman Claude A Barr. Often listed as just 'Nebraska', this incredibly hardy variety thrives in virtually all US gardens. The stunning June flowers are held above golden/white spines. 8 inches high and ...
Wow! When we first saw this "TRULY SPINELESS" tree cholla from fellow cactophile Horst Kuentzler we couldn't believe it! It grows a few spines on the basal woody stems over time, while the juveniles may have glochids, so be prepared. The bright pink flowers in July crown the naked, sturdy stems. 5-6 feet high x 6 feet wide. Zone 5, full sun....
Striking CHARTREUSE flowers with green centers in June. 6" high by 24" wide. Selected by Mary Ann Heacock in the Pawnee National Grasslands in eastern Colorado in 1990. One of her favorite selections. Zone 3. Dry fruit. Sold as rooted pad in 3.5" Pots.
A non-flowering, perpetual juvenile form. Snow white, short spines on small pads, 1" wide by 3" long. The tight, carpeting cushion is 3" high by 1 ft wide. Zone 3. Great in the rock garden or in troughs. Kelly Grummons collection from the Pawnee National Grasslands in eastern Colorado in 1990. Now sold as a rooted plant in a 2.5" pot or unroote...
A "lovely" new wild selection from the Nebraska/Colorado border. The huge, deep gold flowers with red centers open as widely as a poppy! The low, bright green stems form polite plants that don't take over the whole garden. It's a very hardy variety. 8" high x 30" wide. Zone 4. Sold as rooted pad in 3.5" Pots.
This is considered the hardiest form of spinosior, The Cane Cholla. Sheathed in uniform white spines, this cholla is beautiful in form and in flower. Rose-pink flowers in June/July Discovered by Dr. Allan Taylor on Cook's Peak, NM. 3-4 ft H x 3-4 ft W. Zone 6. Sold in 2.5" pots.
A wonderful shrubby cactus from Utah with finger-sized stems and lots of spines. Stems turn purple during the winter and new growth is green! Small, chartreuse flowers in June. 36" high by 60" wide. Zone 5. Sold in a 2.5" pot.
Shimmering, silvery-white, dense spines make this cholla practically glow in the dark! It will be the most spectacular specimen in your garden. Yellow flowers in June. 36" high by 60" wide. Zone 5. From Don Campbell in Grand Junction, CO. Sold as branched, rooted cutting in 2.5" pot or unrooted cuttings (when available.) Hardier than most Cholla...
Selected near Santa Fe, NM by Allan Taylor. Stems much redder in the winter than the species. It's a beautiful, robust variety that is more upright than other strains. The flower color is a lighter pink than other imbricatas. 60" high by 72" wide. Zone 5. Sold in a 2.5-inch pot.
Shimmering golden spines adorn this thin-stemmed cholla. 48" high x 48" wide. Stems are not brittle like other leptocaulis types. Zone 5. Sold in a 2.5" pot or unrooted cuttings (when available.)
An attractive little cactus from southern New Mexico along the Rio Grande. Small pads about 4 inches long with downward angled white spines. Yellow flowers. 6" high by 24" wide. This is one of the rare EVERBLOOMING species! Zone 5. Sold in 2.5"-pot or unrooted cuttings (when available.)
We call this the "Blue Gumby Cactus". The pads are very blue and the size and shape of a slightly flattened large finger. The flower color is a clear, light pink. Small, cinnamon-colored glochids. 6" high by 18" wide. Very attractive. Zone 5. Sold as 2.5" potted plant. This can be grown as a windowsill houseplant also!
An apparent hybrid between basilaris or aurea with schweriana! The small, round, 2-3" wide pads have very short spines and are densely arranged. The petite, deep pinkish-red flowers in June are abundant. Beautiful in the rock garden or in containers. Opuntiad Dave Ferguson thinks it might be Opuntia polyacantha v. schweriniana ... still a myster...
The "Purple Prickly Pear" has large yellow, red-eyed flowers. The June flowers produce beautiful, large purple/red fruit. Long black spines along top of purplish pads. SW New Mexico. 18" high by 36" wide. Zone 6. Sold as rooted pad in 3.5" Pots.
From our friend Steve Miles, collected in northern New Mexico. Very low-profile plant with small pads and a sheet of lemon chiffon colored flowers in June. 4 inches high and 24 inches wide. Zone 4. Sold in 2.5 inch pot's.
From Two Buttes in southeast Colorado. Citrus Punch has red, copper, and gold spines with plum, orange, and peach flowers. It's quite a showstopper. 8 inches high by 36 inches wide. Sold as a rooted pad in 2.5" Pots. Zone 4.
A nearly spineless shrubby cactus from Central Texas. Bright yellow flowers and large, red fruit. A nice clean look for the landscape. Zone 6. 24 inches high, 60 inches wide. Sold as unrooted cutting.
Has large pads with dense, even red spines and cup-shaped bright rose-pink flowers in June. Dry fruit. 12 inches high by 30 inches wide. A very handsome plant. Zone 4. Sold as rooted pad in 3.5" Pots.
A low-profile, vigorous ground cover type literally covered with deep, fuchsia pink flowers in June. You can see this plant a mile away when she's in flower. It has received great acclaim and is very popular. 8 inches high by 48 inches wide. Zone 4. (Steve Miles). Sold as rooted pad in 2.5" Pots.
'Oranges and Lemons' is a spectacular new variety that one day is all lemon yellow and the next day it's lemon and orange! 6 inches high by 36 inches wide. Boulder County, CO. (Steve Miles). Sold as unrooted cutting.
A low, carpeting form that reminds me of O. humifusa. A carpet of golden yellow flowers and abundant, slender red, edible fruit. 6 inches high by 36" wide. Adams County, CO. Zone 4. (from Ray Daugherty).
A spineless form with tiny glochids on blue-gray pads. Bright yellow flowers are one of the earliest to appear and one of the last to finish of all species. A low, prostrate variety that always draws a great deal of attention. Often reblooms in July. 6"H X 36" W. Zone 5. Sold as uprooted cutting.
The most brilliant, deep gold form I've seen. Very large, full gold flowers often turn deep orange the second day. 8 inches high by 36 inches wide. Slow growing and choice. Zone 4. Central Colorado. Sold as unrooted cutting.
The most brilliant, deep gold form I've seen. Very large, full gold flowers often turn deep orange the second day. 8 inches high by 36 inches wide. Slow growing and choice. Zone 4. Central Colorado. Sold as rooted pad in 2.5" Pots.
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