Opuntia fragilis

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RickR
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This is funny, 'cause I wondered too about the spelling, but was too lazy/tired.  It was 1:30 am and a particularly long day for me.

And for those souls wondering how best to grab an opuntia pad with your fingers: it is from the bottom.  At least it is with O. fragilis.  Most places in Minnesota, it is easy to avoid stepping on cactus.  They generally don't cohabit with grasses or other plants when the other plants have the upper hand.  Usually, I find them growing with no other species at all.  Walk where you don't see cactus, and you are pretty safe.  However, Blue Devil Valley was an exception.

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

cohan
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Another nice thread--good work, John!
In Alberta, O fragilis may grow exposed, but often grows among grasses, forbs and shrubs, as does its cousin and interbreeder, O polyacantha
here are some pics from 2008 that some of you will have seen in various places before..
https://picasaweb.google.com/cactuscactus/DrumhellerAlbertaJuly20083#

Trond, where in your shady acreage will you find a place for O fragilis?  ;D There are some Scandinavian growers with the most extensive collections of fragilis (among many other things) that I know of.. can't remember right now if any of them are in Norway.. 
I've had plants of both native Opuntias in years past , also not flowering due to inadequate light in my wooded property -though I put them in sunny spots, just not sunny enough!; I'm planning some new cactus plantings and will be looking for some of the sunniest spots..

James, love the little fatty! I do plan to get a few of the different forms of fragilis-different skin colours, spination etc

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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cohan wrote:

Trond, where in your shady acreage will you find a place for O fragilis?  ;D There are some Scandinavian growers with the most extensive collections of fragilis (among many other things) that I know of.. can't remember right now if any of them are in Norway..  
I've had plants of both native Opuntias in years past , also not flowering due to inadequate light in my wooded property -though I put them in sunny spots, just not sunny enough!; I'm planning some new cactus plantings and will be looking for some of the sunniest spots..

Cohan, you have a point :( However I can try my shed roof ;) I still have some empty spots there! (Picture from last spring, not today  :-[ ) . . .

. . . or at my summerhouse ;D The first picture shows my neighbor's boat and dock, you can detect the chimney of my house among the pines.

Viola tricolor and Armeria maritima

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

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Hoy wrote:

cohan wrote:

Trond, where in your shady acreage will you find a place for O fragilis?  ;D There are some Scandinavian growers with the most extensive collections of fragilis (among many other things) that I know of.. can't remember right now if any of them are in Norway..  
I've had plants of both native Opuntias in years past , also not flowering due to inadequate light in my wooded property -though I put them in sunny spots, just not sunny enough!; I'm planning some new cactus plantings and will be looking for some of the sunniest spots..

Cohan, you have a point :( However I can try my shed roof ;) I still have some empty spots there! (Picture from last spring, not today  :-[ ) . . .
. . . or at my summerhouse ;D The first picture shows my neighbor's boat and dock, you can detect the chimney of my house among the pines.

Viola tricolor and Armeria maritima

I'll have to wait for  a time my internet connection is behaving better to enlarge those photos :(
the first is a roof? with all that stone?
the location of your cabin looks great! I know I should be thankful for deep reasonably good soil, but I would love to have a property that had lots of exposed rock!

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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cohan wrote:

I'll have to wait for  a time my internet connection is behaving better to enlarge those photos :(
the first is a roof? with all that stone?
the location of your cabin looks great! I know I should be thankful for deep reasonably good soil, but I would love to have a property that had lots of exposed rock!

Yes, here from another angle:

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

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Trond, your roof garden never ceases to amaze me...it would be a great way to deal with all the rain we get in my part of the world.

BTW, I am trying O. humilis outdoors this year...now under 4 feet of snow.  This will be a test for sure.  I have humilis and fragilis in my coldframes...humilis has flowered once but fragilis never has.

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

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Okay, today I was able to enlarge those images--Tond--love the roof garden  ;D and the rock plants at the cabin! Is this the property in the mountains, or a different spot? Looks like it might be similar to places where O fragilis grows on rocks on islands off the coast of British Columbia.

I tracked down one of those North Western European growers I had in mind-- this is Martin in Denmark, and he has a lot of experience with many many C+S in (somewhat) cold and wet conditions.. this is his public gallery, and if there is no contact option there, I can give you his email address privately:
http://public.fotki.com/northern-nursery/

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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cohan wrote:

Okay, today I was able to enlarge those images--Tond--love the roof garden  ;D and the rock plants at the cabin! Is this the property in the mountains, or a different spot? Looks like it might be similar to places where O fragilis grows on rocks on islands off the coast of British Columbia.

This is not in the mountains! it is one of the sunniest places in Norway at the south east coast where we have a cabin/summerhouse on an island  ;)
http://www.google.no/images?q=krager%C3%B8&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:nb-N...
http://www.google.no/images?um=1&hl=no&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla%...

cohan wrote:

I tracked down one of those North Western European growers I had in mind-- this is Martin in Denmark, and he has a lot of experience with many many C+S in (somewhat) cold and wet conditions.. this is his public gallery, and if there is no contact option there, I can give you his email address privately:
http://public.fotki.com/northern-nursery/

Yes please!

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

cohan
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That's what I was wondering, Trond, since you have mentioned a mountain cabin, but this seemed more like coast!

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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O. fragilis with winter burn.

Dry garden, little irrigation, 9" precip

Shoshone Idaho USA. Zone 5b-6a

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

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