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Opuntia basilaris

Opuntia basilaris
Common name beavertail cactus
Family cactaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z6-10?)
Flowers pink
Light sun
Cultural notes very well-drained soil, drought-tolerant

Native to deserts of the US Southwest, this cactus doesn't do well with too much moisture. I received a gift of four pads from different populations from a colleague whose specialty is succulents. In the photo above, they are trying to take root in the vegetable garden; I haven't decided on my plan for winter survival yet - the soil may have too much clay for their liking, and some sources rate this species as tender in zone 6. If you see photos of flowers appearing on this page, you'll know they survived winter!

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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