Opuntia blooms

It's the brief time of year when the Opuntia in the cactus beds turn from an interesting yet subdued mat of prickly that can get overlooked...


...to a bright and sunny spectacle that you just can't miss!

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Opuntia macrorhiza provides the bulk of the show, as it's a vigorous species that can handle wet winters -- so thrives here in St. Louis.


The yellow blooms have a fair bit of reddish-orange accents in them -- so nice!


I have a couple of other Opuntia that have flowered pink, although I'm not certain exactly which species or cultivar this is:


Maybe it's the Opuntia rhodantha hybrid ‘Hanksville Rose’? I don't think so because of the spines. It could also be Opuntia basilaris x humifusa or Opuntia phaeacantha x pinkavae ‘Nambe Sunrise’. Anybody know?



The blooms do not last long, so we need to enjoy while we can!

So cheerful!

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Lisa  – (June 8, 2016 at 7:16 AM)  

Beautiful! So fun to see cactus growing in the Midwest. We just planted a small bed this year - hopefully our results will match yours!

Mark and Gaz  – (June 8, 2016 at 10:17 AM)  

So nice! Really vibrant colours contrasting with the very spiny leaves (and demeanour of the plant).

Denise  – (June 8, 2016 at 11:16 AM)  

ooh, love the orange/yellow machoriza. I can't seem to hold on to opuntias. I bring them home then give them away. Maybe my garden is too small to find the right (safest) spot.

outlawgardener  – (June 8, 2016 at 1:08 PM)  

Very pretty. The frilliness of cactus blooms contrasting with the formidable plant is always interesting. Love those vibrant colors!

Hoover Boo  – (June 8, 2016 at 10:42 PM)  

They are brilliant, and it's funny to see them growing next to lawn. I'm happy you get blooms on them in your climate. Luisa knows opuntias--Crow And Raven.

danger garden  – (June 8, 2016 at 11:56 PM)  

Gorgeous! And it's interesting to see both species flowering together in your garden. All my opuntia seem to space themselves out, one at a time...

Patsi  – (June 9, 2016 at 6:56 AM)  

Can't get much better than that. Love the colors.

Alan  – (June 9, 2016 at 12:54 PM)  

Thanks for all of the comments -- everybody loves cactus blooms it seems! I saw one or two fruits last year, so we'll see.

Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (June 9, 2016 at 1:55 PM)  

That Opuntia macrorhiza flower is really beautiful. I love the red markings.

And as far as cactus flowers go, opuntia flowers are actually quite long-lasting (relatively speaking).

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