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RickR
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There certainly are a plethora of glochids!  Exactly not my style.

But the flowers and fruit are quite pleasing. 

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

DesertZone
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John, how's the fruit taste?

Dry garden, little irrigation, 9" precip

Shoshone Idaho USA. Zone 5b-6a

Hot and dry in the summer, cold and snow in the winter.

Weiser
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DesertZone wrote:

John, how's the fruit taste?

I don't know. I've only used it in jelly and they were mixed in with other cactus fruit.

RickR wrote:

There certainly are a plethora of glochids!  Exactly not my style.

But the flowers and fruit are quite pleasing. 

I can indeed understand your aversion to glochids. I try to avoid them myself.
I have it planted well away from the highly traveled paths but every so often I have to weed or rake the area. I'm always watching, I don't like to brush it with my pantlegs.

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John P Weiser

DesertZone
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So what is the tallest Opuntia you have? :)

Dry garden, little irrigation, 9" precip

Shoshone Idaho USA. Zone 5b-6a

Hot and dry in the summer, cold and snow in the winter.

Hoy
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The tallest I have now is only 1ft. The tallest I had was 4-5ft but I had to cut it down. In a pot of course, it doesn't tolerate freezing at all (Opuntia brasiliensis).

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

penstemon
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  There certainly are a plethora of glochids!  Exactly not my style.

Glochid removal kits are pretty much essential.

Bob

Bob

extreme western edge of Denver, Colorado; elevation 1705.6 meters, average annual precipitation 30cm; refuses to look at thermometer if it threatens to go below -17C

Weiser
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My tallest Opuntia at this time is a form  of Opuntia phaeacantha (possibly var. engelmannii) it gets very large pads and stands about 3' (.9m)tall.

My tallest Cylindropuntia is Cylindropuntia kleiniae at 6.5'  (2m)

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John P Weiser

Weiser
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I grow a couple of Grusonia. Grusonia aggeria, and Grusonia clavata (clone one). Clavata is very hardy, whereas aggeria is susceptible to damage from icy snow cover.

Grusonia clavata

Grusonia aggeria

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Escarpment of the Sierra Nevada Range
Located in Reno/Sparks,NV  zone 6-7
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RickR
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Some very handsome plants.  The straight spines on Grusonia clavata remind me of short porcupine quills (without the barbs). 

The second "group" pic with Grusonia clavata is really surreal: the cactus looks giant against the lewisia, and lavender flower (Erigeron?) look giant against the cactus!

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Weiser
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RickR wrote:

(without the barbs). 

The second "group" pic with Grusonia clavata is really surreal: the cactus looks giant against the lewisia, and lavender flower (Erigeron?) look giant against the cactus!

Don't be fooled there are plenty of barbs on them!!

Ya I like this one. A bugs eye view! The Erigeron is compositus.

From the High Desert Steppe
of the Great Basin and the Eastern
Escarpment of the Sierra Nevada Range
Located in Reno/Sparks,NV  zone 6-7
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sierrarainshadow/
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