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Cactus

Crab Cactus

Crab cactus, Thanksgiving cactus, Claw cactus, Schlumbergera truncate Jungle cactus seems like an oxymoron, but in the wild the plant family of crab cactus inhabits debris in the crotches of tropical trees. Like its cousin Christmas cactus, crab cacti bloom around holiday time. (Bloom time can be...

Prickly Pear Cactus

Opuntia humifusa Want a smile on a winter day? Tired of watering? Have a baking hot spot in the yard? Try a winter-hardy prickly pear cactus. The smooth pads of these native cacti have the typical cactus spines as well as glochids, tiny barbed hairs with a deceptively downy appearance. Practical,...

Golden Stars or Lady Fingers Cactus

Mammillaria elongata A plant for people who kill plants, Golden Stars cactus requires little watering and accepts a variety of light levels. Three to four hours of direct sunlight is optimal, though all but a north window should work. Water sparingly; more sparingly in winter. In summer, it enjoys...
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