These pads pictured below came from my next door neighbor's mother that is a Master Gardener in New Jersey. She and her husband were visiting last year and wandered through Beech Street Gardens. We sat and chatted about plant material and different zonal gardening since she gardens in a zone 5. She says "I have some Opuntia pads to send you if you would like".......I could never turn that down, right! They are Opuntia humifusa and are the Eastern United States native. She sent them in the fall and they wintered over in the Death Valley Shack. I like to plant succulents in late spring so they have the summer and fall to settle in and develop a good root system on them for the upcoming winter. The pads were planted on the 7th and already starting to bud out new pads, fascinating.
Touring UC Davis Arboretum
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