Thursday, May 8, 2014
Opuntia aciculata is my favorite plant in the garden, this week…
This week’s favorite plant is another in a container, not that it has to be. It spent the entire winter outside, stuck in a drive way planter waiting for spring. No it’s in a container simply because I wanted to highlight it, and keep an eye on it...
After all those glochids aren't fooling around.
They’re also the reason for its common name, Chenille Prickly Pear.
They remind me of my grandma’s chenille bedspread, only it was soft (photo borrowed from Etsy, because I don't have my grandma's bedspread, sadly).
This opuntia came to me as a gift from Bob, The Miserable Gardener. This warning was on the outside of the bag, I decided to take it seriously and open the package with salad tongs. I'm glad I did as there were glochids everywhere.
Judging by the photos I found online this plant will bloom red, a welcome change from the usual yellow opuntia flowers in my garden. It's hardy to USDA Zone 8a, when planted in well drained soil, of course. There are a total of 3 new pads developing, they look so sweet in innocent now...
What's caught your eye in your own garden this week?
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