Cactus

I love cacti in the garden, especially the hardy ones that look so surprising in the our Michigan landscape. In ground, they are easy – plop them in a well drained, sunny spot, and forget about them. In the nursery, where you have to pot them up and move them around and put them in boxes, I'm decidedly less fond of them... But we grow them. For you. Because we care. The worst offenders are the opuntias, which in addition to spines have tiny little sharp hairs called glochids that you don't feel at first and then slowly work their way into your skin. Duct tape works well for removing them. And in your garden, I recommend handling them with long handled tongs designed for grilling



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Echinopsis spachiana

Echinopsis spachiana

Multi-stemmed columnar cactus, native to Western Argentina and Bolivia, basally branching, 2 to 2.5 inches in diameter (5-6 cm), 7 feet tall (2 m) Large white nocturnal flowers in late spring. The flowers are up to 8 inches long (20 cm), 6 inches in diameter (15 cm).
$15.00

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Escobaria leei

Escobaria leei

An extremely hardy, extremely small cacti, only a couple inches tall, forming a clump up to six inches across after several years. Pale pink flowers are quite large for the size of the plant. Very beautiful geometic arrangements of spines, and not particularly lethal for a cacti. I wouldn't recommend cuddling it, but it isn't obnoxiously vicious the way opuntias are. Zone 4 with good drainage
$12.00

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Escobaria vivipara

Escobaria vivipara

A small cacti with brilliant magental flowers on small, barrel shaped plants. Extremely adaptable and cold hardy, native to most of the states in the Western half of the US and up into Canada, hardy to zone3 or even perhaps 2 if kept very dry.
$12.00

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Opuntia fragilis 'Yellow Spineless'

Opuntia fragilis 'Yellow Spineless'

Opuntia fragilis 'Yellow Spineless'...It suddenly strikes me that the cultivar name could be interpretted as meaning “Cowardly coward.” Okay, the yellow bit actually refers to the flower color – flowers, as is typical for opuntias, are large and extremely beautiful, and the spineless bit is an exaggerated reference to the reduced number of long needles that will attack you if you think about getting near it. Please note that even though it has very few spines, it still has the normal number of glochids – the little obnoxious hairs that will embed themselves in your skin, so still treat this thing with all the care you would a more spiney opuntia. Zone 5
$12.00

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Opuntia fragilis (debreczyi) v. denuda 'Potato'

Opuntia fragilis (debreczyi) v. denuda 'Potato'

A well named cacti, the fat, rounded pads do indeed look rather like potatoes. Zone 5
$12.00

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Opuntia fragilis ex Lake of the Woods Canada

Opuntia fragilis ex Lake of the Woods Canada

A tiny padded form, cute enough for a trough, this originally came from one of the most northerly sites for a Cactus, Dick has grown it for many years and brought us some. We had originally planned to ship it back to a Canadian nursery however CITES in its infinite stupidity prevents us from sending it back from whence it came. (In California if you catch a Bullfrog and release it back into the pond it just came from you can be fined $$$$; Government officials should be forced to take a common sense test and shot if they fail).____ZONE 4
$8.00

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Opuntia polyacantha 'Crystal Tide'.

Opuntia polyacantha 'Crystal Tide'.

A hardy cacti with huge numbers of very long pure white spines. Beautiful and lethal. Zone 5
$12.00

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