THE CACTUS MAN
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A wonderful hedgehog for the garden with white to brown spines. 4"-6" high. Bright pink flowers in May. Slowly multiplies into small groupings. Zone 4. Sold in 2.5-inch pot.
Common Name: Lace Cactus
An outstanding flowering cactus in the Echinocereus genus. This is a rare form with very short, sparse spines or no spines, 4-6 inches high by 12 inches plus in diameter. Forms multiple heads quickly. Hardy to zone 3. Scarlet flowers, edible red fruit. Sold in 2.5-inch pot. This variety tolerates quite a bit of shade.
A stunning, rare, deep blue hybrid of two winter hardy Agaves. Cold hardy to Zone 5. It will be at least 15 years to bloom. Incredible, impressed leaf patterns better than on most agaves. 15" high x 20" wide. Very polite in the garden. Minimal production of pups. Comes in 2.5 inch pot.
Dave Salman's collection from the Rim near Flagstaff, AZ. Very hardy with blue-green foliage. Spectacular flowers in its old age! Average mature size 18" high by 24" wide. Zone 5. Sold in 2.5 inch pots
This is the king-sized Havard's Agave from the Davis Mountains of West Texas. It's by far the largest Agave that we can grow in chilly Denver. The broad, rich blue leaves are incredibly handsome. Plants grow to 24 inches high by 48 inches wide in 10 to 15 years. Havard's Agave has very few offsets over the years unlike some species. Hardy to zo...
Particularly globe-shaped, spherical stems make this selection unique. Virtually spineless and occasional deep yellow flowers in June. 3" high by 12" wide. A favorite of rock and trough gardeners. Pads turn purple in winter. Ideal as a root stock to use in grafting of difficult-to-grow species. Zone 4. Origin unknown. Typical of forms on the Co...
This handsome Century plant from northern Arizona will be the jewel of your rock garden. This form has narrow, vertical green leaves with white spines. 12 inches high and 20" wide. Hardy to zone 5 (-20 degrees F.) Comes in 2.5 inch pots
Clumping plant with soft golden spines. Excellent for trough gardens. This Texas native has huge gold-to-bronze flowers in May. Tasty green berries all winter. 3" high by 6" wide. Thrives in zone 5. Sold in 2.5 inch pot
Common Names: Pineapple Pincushion, Pineapple Cactus, Nipple Cactus, Finger Cactus
Deep pink flowers in June on a beautiful, dwarf cushion, very choice. Plump, round pads. No spines, tiny glochids. 4" high by 18" wide. Zone 3. Excellent in outdoor containers. (Claude Barr selection, Canada?) Dry fruit. Sold as rooted, 2.5" potted plant or unrooted cuttings (when available.)
This Opuntia relative is a compact, clump-former from Patagonia. We would rate it at Zone 4. The delicate, bronzy orange flowers in June are "other-worldly"! Spherical "pads" are heavily armored with broad spines and are fragile (come apart easily). Try growing it in morning sun or in partial sun. Give it some water in the winter if it is extre...
A compact Colorado form with scarlet flowers and edible reddish fruit. Spination varies. 4 inches high by several feet wide. Thrives to zone 4. Sold in 2.5-inch pot.
These are all accompanied by multiple pups at the cactus' base.
The majestic Yucca Palms of West TX. Broad, 2" wide leaves are 2-3 feet long. This is the more northern zone 5 form which has snow resistant foliage and grows to 15 feet in height and 6 feet wide. Stunning white flowers in June. Sold at one year old in 2.5 inch pot.
An upright shrub with delightful, miniature rose-pink flowers in July followed by abundant red fruit that stays ornamental all winter! 5' high and 4' wide. Zone 5. Attained from Mary Ann Heacock. Sold in 2.5" pot or unrooted cuttings (when available.)
Considered by many to be the most cold-hardy Agave. From the highest altitudes of New Mexico's Guadalupe Mountains. Its stunning blue leaves are tipped with bold, dramatic black spines. New Mexico Agave is more compact in form than Agave parryi. It makes a gorgeous garden subject. 12-15" high x 18-24" wide. Full sun. Zone 5, possibly zone...
The rare Santa Fe Cholla is only found in one small area north of Santa Fe, NM. It is about a third the size of the tree cholla. The stunning apricot-colored flowers have a green center. If this was a rose, it would be considered a floribunda...tons of flowers in late June/July. 3 ft H x 5 ft W. Zone 4. This is not a "jumping" type of chol...
The largest cactus species in Colorado (60" high by 72" wide). Reddish-rose flowers in July followed by green fruit. An important landscape plant. Suitable for culture in large pots. Thrives to zone 4. EASY to grow. Try it in a large pot on the patio if you don't have room in the garden. Sold in 2.5"- pots.
One of the GREAT garden plants from our friends at Waterwise Botanicals. Baby Rita has petite, 3” pads that are lavender in the summer and deep plum in the winter. The papery, delicate, warm pink flowers are abundant in early summer then REPEAT modestly throughout the whole summer! 12” high x 30” wide. Zone 5/6. Sold as a 2.5-inch rooted plant...
This century plant is a very hardy form of Agave havardiana. Very blue leaves with black terminal spines. Compact form with broad, rounded leaves. 18" high x 30" wide. Full sun all day. From the Glass Mountains of west Texas. Zone 5. Sold in 2.5" pot. One of Kelly's favorites!
This miniature Agave variety is an adorable gem from central AZ. Quite irresistible.The narrow green leaves are lined with white filaments. 6" H x 6"W. Hardy up to zone 5/6. Sold in 2.5 inch pots. Thrives in the crevice rock garden and can be grown as a windowsill houseplant also!
Squatty, deep-blue plants have curly spines giving the plant the appearance that it's jiggling. The most beautiful of the Utah agaves. 12"H X 18W. Zone 5. Sold in 2.5 inch pots.
A gorgeous form of Utah century plant. With it's long, white terminal spines this hardy century plant is right at home in the rock garden. 12"H X 18W. Zone 5. Sold in 2.5" pots.
The magnificent Soap Tree from New Mexico is one of the most beautiful tree-type yuccas. It grows quickly and sports magnificent flowering candelabras by age 5, which is very young for a yucca. It can grow over 10 feet in height. Zone 5. Sold in 2.5 inch pot.
Probably the hardiest barrel cactus. This is the hardier, Roosevelt Co. NM form. Curved fish hook type spines on flattened barrels. 8"H X 10"W. Beautiful pink flowers in May or June. Zone 5/6. Beautiful 2", 3-year-old plants sold in 2.5-inch pot.
Seed collected by Panayoti Kelaidis in Lesotho, Southern Africa. It's the highest altitude collection that we know of. It has overwintered in Denver with snow cover. 6"H X 12"W.Generally considered Zone 6 or 7. Colorful orange flowers on foot tall stems in early summer. It makes a great indoor windowsill plant too! 3 year old plant. Sold in 2.5"...
Wow! When we first saw this TRULY SPINELESS tree cholla from fellow cactiphile Horst Kuentzler we couldn't believe it! Not even one glochid! It grows a few spines on the basal woody stems over time. The bright pink flowers in July crown the naked, sturdy stems. 5-6 feet high x 6 feet wide. Zone 5, full sun. Sold in a 2.5" pot.
This Christmas Tree Cholla cactus has a very thin, twiggy stems in a mass of short-med spines. Green flowers followed by red fruit. 2-4 feet high and wide. Zone 5. This form from Davis Mountains, Texas (Heacock). Sold as 2.5" pot.
Plant this with OP118 Cylindropuntia leptocaulis (Long Spined Form) to provide good pollination. This will ensure...
A beautiful succulent from Lesotho in southern Africa. Seed collected by Panayoti Kelaidis in 1995. Zone 5 to 6. Thick stems one half inch wide and 1-2 inches long form dense cushions, 3" high and 12" wide. Small leaves and small yellow flowers in summer. Best in rock garden with perfect drainage. Zone 5. Sold in 2.5 inch pot.
Common Name: Lion'...
A particularly hard-to-find species originating from the Guadalupe Mountains of Southern New Mexico. Considered a recently evolved species thought to be a combination of Agave neomexicana and Agave lechuguilla. We've found gracilipes to be one of the hardiest Agaves that we've tried! It is polite and compact with spectacular flowers in it's ol...
A Patagonian opuntiad. Small cholla-like stems. 2" high by 18" wide. Shaggy spines on finger-sized stems. Forms a BEAUTIFUL, flat pancake ground cover. Small white to pale-yellow flowers in June. Zone 5. Prefers and tolerates more moisture than most opuntiads.
2"H X 18"W. Grows at very high altitudes of above 1500 m in extremely xeric regions ...
A non-flowering, perpetual juvenile form. Snow white, short spines on small pads, 1" wide by 3" long. The tight, carpeting cushion is 3" high by 1 ft wide. Zone 3. Great in the rock garden or in troughs. Kelly Grummons collection from the Pawnee National Grasslands in eastern Colorado in 1990. Now sold as a rooted plant in a 2.5" pot or unroote...
A true ground-covering type with glossy, nearly spineless flattened pads and abundant yellow (fading to apricot) flowers in June. 4" high by 36" wide! Zone 4. I acquired it from Mary Ann Heacock. This plant gets more notice than almost any other in my garden. Now sold in 2.5" pot or unrooted cuttings (when available.)
A humble little plant from the Great Plains and foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Small plants that occasionally clump. Greenish-gold flowers at the base of the plant in May and June that smell like lemon cake!! Dry fruits. 4" high by 6" wide. Hardy to zone 3. Great in rock gardens and troughs. Sold in 2.5" pot
Common Name: Prairie Hedgehog Ca...
A wonderful shrubby cactus from Utah with finger-sized stems and lots of spines. Stems turn purple during the winter and new growth is green! Small, chartreuse flowers in June. 36" high by 60" wide. Zone 5. Sold in a 2.5" pot.
A large form of Brittle Cactus with compact growth and lovely coral-pink flowers in June. Stunning long, black spines are unique. 6" high by 18" wide. GORGEOUS! Zone 4. Sold as rooted 2.5" Pot or unrooted cuttings (when available.)
This delightful, serpent-like Patagonian cactus has marvelous little yellow flowers in ABUNDANCE in spring. The snake-like stems easily detach in the winter hoping to find a new home to start anew! The underground tuber grows new reptilian stems in the spring, shortly followed by the drifts of flowers. It's gorgeous in a tall pot with its gra...
One of the best RED/PINK flowering Opuntias from Claude Barr's collection. The rutilas, a diverse wild hybrid group from western Colorado make good garden plants. Slightly flattened, cylindrical stems and deep reddish-pink flowers in June. Compact habit. 6" high by 24" wide. Zone 4. Dry fruit. Sold in 2.5"-pot.
This wonderful and warty little iceplant has apricot flowers in April/May. This beautiful rock garden plant prefers moderate moisture, full sun but perhaps an eastern or northern location in the rockery to avoid southern winter sun. Plant it deep between rocks to offer the best protection. Stunning! 1.5" high x 8" wide. Full sun, zone 6 (zo...
A naturally occurring hybrid between Echinocereus coccineus and Echinocereus dasyacanthus. Bringing the best traits from each species produces individuals that come in numerous flower colors from shades of pink, orange, red, yellow, white or bicolors. This zone 5 hardy hedgehog is native to southern New Mexico and nearby Texas and Mexico...
This extraordinary nearly spineless form of the Giant Claret Cup makes impressive specimens in the rock garden. Smooth stems tower to nearly a foot tall. Scarlet, tubular flowers from April-June. Edible, reddish fruit. 12” high x 24” wide. Zone 5. Available in 2.5” pot. Limited supply.
The smallest of the genus, Tufted Ice Plant is barely 1/2 inch high and 6" wide. In zone 5 grow it in full sun in the rock garden or trough where it can catch a little shade in the heat of the afternoon. Brilliant magenta flowers completely obscure the blue, finger-like foliage in May. Very Choice. Zone 5. Sold in 2.5-inch pots.
The Blue-Leaf Banana Yucca from SW Utah is a BEAUTIFUL Yucca. The distinctly upright, very blue leaves have white filaments. The flowers in summer only rise to just below the leaf tips. The flower buds are burgundy to rusty-pink and are as showy as the white, pendulous blossoms. Plump fruit edible in summer. 4ft H X 5ft W. Full sun. Zone 4....
The beautiful Navajo Yucca is from the Four Corners area of the Southwest. Its stunning, white margined, narrow leaves are cloaked in abundant white filaments. The green-tinged white flowers have purplish sepals and are 2-3 feet tall in June. This is a wonderful subject for the garden in full sun. 12-18" high x 18" wide. Zone 5. Sold in 2.5...
A handsome sentinel usually with a solitary head to 4 feet across. Long, stiff leaves are more ascending than faxon giving the plant a vase shape. Torrey's can grow to 10 feet high and 3 feet wide. White flowers appear in mid summer. Hardy to zone 5 (-20 degrees F.)
A grand form of Claret Cup Cactus with scarlet flowers in June. One of the tallest of the triglochidiatus forms. 12-18" high by 18" wide. Thrives from zones 5-10. The plant forms a large clump quickly. ALAMOGORDO FORM will generally have darker, shorter, and more closely hugging spines than WHITE SANDS FORM. A mature plant will have 40 or 50 bl...