THE CACTUS MAN
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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...
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 vigorous strain with internode growth twice the size of the Colorado strain. Very thick stems. Magenta flowers. This plant crests (fasciates) readily. 72" high and wide. Zone 5. Susceptible to damage by heavy snow. Believed to be from West Texas. Sold as unrooted cutting. Now sold in 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...
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.)
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.)
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.
Selected near Santa Fe, NM by Allan Taylor. Stems much redder in the winter than the species. It's a beautiful, robust variety that is more upright than other strains. Flower color is a lighter pink than other imbricatas. 60" high by 72" wide. Zone 5. Sold in a 2.5-inch pot or unrooted cuttings (when available.)
Shimmering golden spines adorn this thin-stemmed cholla. 48" high x 48" wide. Stems are not brittle like other leptocaulis types. Zone 5. Sold in a 2.5" pot or unrooted cuttings (when available.)
The Clam-shell Stone Plant has unbelievable, iridescent pink 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, zo...
Wow! When we first saw this "TRULY SPINELESS" tree cholla from fellow cactophile Horst Kuentzler we couldn't believe it! It grows a few spines on the basal woody stems over time, while the juveniles may have glochids, so be prepared. The bright pink flowers in July crown the naked, sturdy stems. 5-6 feet high x 6 feet wide. Zone 5, full sun....
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...
This wonderful South African iceplant is a shrublet that flowers all spring and summer! Tiger Jaws' toothy foliage is super cute in the rock garden or trough. Yellow flowers whose petals are red on the backside open widely in the evening. 3" high x 8" wide, sun to part shade, zone 5. Sold in a 2.5" pot. Suitable as an indoor windowsill pl...
Wow! A stunning hybrid ice plant. Tiny, unique, and everblooming. 'Garnet' ice plant has a small profile of 2" high and 8" wide. The rich red/coral flowers appear in May and flower all summer. I love it in combo with other succulent containers, in the rock garden or in the crevice garden. Sun, zones 5/6. Sold in a 2.5" pot.
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.
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
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 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 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
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...
Discovered in Southern Colorado by Tom Peace. Handsome blue-green leaves up to one inch wide. Plants 2 feet tall and wide. Greenish-white flowers in June/July. An excellent garden variety. 30"H X 36"W. Zone 5. Sold in 2.5 inch pot.
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.
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...
A low, creeping cholla from central New Mexico. Shimmering white, barbed spines are beautiful but treacherous. 4 inches high by 12 inches plus diameter. Thrives through zone 5. Bright yellow, single flowers in June. Sold in 2.5" pots & as unrooted cuttings.
Yellow/apricot flowers in June. Moderate sized plant, good groundcover, very spiny. 3" high by 24" wide. Zone 5. (Collected by Dixie Dringman, Rock Island, WA). Sean Hogan suggests that it is Opuntia fragilis v. columbiana. Now sold as a rooted plant in a 2.5" pot or unrooted cuttings (when available.)
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...
An attractive little cactus from southern New Mexico along the Rio Grande. Small pads about 4 inches long with downward angled white spines. Yellow flowers. 6" high by 24" wide. This is one of the rare EVERBLOOMING species! Zone 5. Sold in 2.5"-pot 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...
Wow! This clean, nearly spineless, light green beavertail has petite pads only 3” wide. The delicious, candy pink flowers are abundant in June. The plant is compact and mounding. It’s a great subject in a large pot. 6” high x 30” wide. From my friend David Salman. Zone 5. Sold as 2.5" potted plant.
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 Blue Desert Spoon is a gorgeous landscape specimen for the hot, dry garden. The wonderfully solitary rosettes of toothy blue leaves make striking subjects in the garden or in a pot on the patio. As the plant reaches maturity, striking spikes of creamy white flowers adorn the plant in summer. 36" high x 48" wide. Full sun. Zone 6. Our s...
The beautiful Kaibab Yucca is a bit larger than the Yucca glauca of farther east. The narrow leaves also have white filaments. The inflorescence is 2.5 to 3.5 feet tall with greenish-white flowers in early summer. 3 feet wide. Grow in full sun for best flowering and growth performance. Zone 5. Sold in 2.5" pots.
One of my favorite garden plants, the Narrow-leafed Yucca has striking flower stalks in early summer. The greenish-white flowers hug the main stem snugly and may be tinged with pink or bronze highlights. The compact rosettes may have some filaments along the edges of the narrow leaves. 2ft H X 3ft W. Full sun, zone 5. Sold in 2.5" pots.
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 Shrubby Ice Plant has woody stems and stiff foliage forming a "hard to the touch" cushion 8" high x 18" wide. Shimmering rose-pink flowers COVER the plant in June. Plant this amazing shrublet against a stone in the garden so it can wrap itself happily around and over it. Zone 5 in a rock crevice garden, zone 6 otherwise. Excellent for b...
This Sotol from Southern New Mexico is one of the hardiest. The bright green, slender leaves form a perfect rosette. The leaves are up to 2 feet long with teeth along the margins. The flower stalk in summer is a 8 foot torch cloaked tightly with greenish white flowers. I like the Sotol because it maintains a clean, handsome SINGLE rosette. The p...
Schott’s Century Plant is a beautiful, petite species. The deep green leaves are edged with white filaments. Each leaf is often one foot long. At maturity, Schott’s Century Plant can be up to 18” high x 24” wide. The flower stalks can be 9 feet in height. This strain is native to South Western New Mexico. Zone 6. It’s been known to survive in De...
Intriguing blue-green SWIRLING foliage. It's like a low-profile cow's lick! This variety of Mongolian Chive always demands comment by garden visitors. Light pink, globe-shaped flower heads rise 6-8" above the foliage in June. 6-8" high x 12" wide. This is one of the VERY few Alliums that does not produce seed. Sun or part shade. Hardy to z...
This miniature form of Tiger's Jaws is a sweet addition to your trough or crevice garden. The precious little yellow flower buds open in the evening and entertain the night pollinators. At only 2" high and 6" wide, this is a true miniature. Zone 5/6, sun. Sold in 2.5" pot.
In cold climates, (zones 5 and 6) this stunning member of the ice plant family is comfortably nestled in the tight spaces between rocks in the crevice garden. The heat sink created by the stones keeps the soil temperatures in the safety range. The chubby, wedge-shaped dark green leaves form rosettes on a compact plant 3-4" high and 8-12" wide....
This Christmas Tree Cholla has a very thin, twiggy stems in a mass of one inch long shimmering golden spines. Green flowers followed by ABUNDANT red fruit. 2-4 feet high and wide. Zone 5. This form from Davis Mountains, Texas (Grummons). Sold as 2.5" pot or unrooted cuttings (when available.)
Plant this with OP024 Cylindropuntia leptocaulis ...
New. Morning Shimmer Cholla cactus is one of our newest hybrids! The pencil thick stems are adorned with coppery-white spines that sparkle in the sunlight. Pale peach flowers in late June. 48"H x 40"W. Full sun. Zone 5. Sold in 2.5"-pot or unrooted cuttings (when available.)
Excellent in the cactus/succulent garden or in large, outdoor ...
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...
Greene's Beargrass is a wonderful, evergreen grass-like perennial from the plains of New Mexico, Colorado, and Oklahoma. Beargrass is green and beautiful in the winter garden. The 2-foot tall tawny flower spikes in late spring are nestled in the grassy foliage. Full sun to part shade. 2-3 ft tall x 3-4 ft wide. Zone 5. Sold in a 2.5-inch pot.
The Glen Canyon Yucca is unique and highly ornamental. The large plants can be 3 feet in diameter with trunks up to 3 feet in height. The white margined, filiferous leaves compliment the towering 7-9 foot flower spikes covered with globose, creamy white bells in June. Stunning when in flower. Utah. Zone 5. Sold in 2.5"-pots. NEW OFFERING.
Utah Yucca (Silver Reef, UT strain) is a clump-forming, semi-tree type yucca. The gray-green leaves are up to 2 feet long. Stunning white flower spikes up to 5 feet tall in late spring. Trunks are up to 3 feet tall. Utah. Zone 5. Sold in 2.5"-pots. NEW OFFERING
This Bergeranthus is a great rock garden variety of ice plant. It has large, shiny yellow flowers on long stems elevated above the foliage in late spring/early summer. Very attractive in combination with other succulents in garden bowls or troughs. Height 6 inches x Width 8-12 inches. Full sun, zone 6/7. Sold in 2.5" pot.
NEW! The Mongolian form of senescens selected by Denver horticulturist, Tom Peace. Extra-large flower heads to two inches across. Rather than the drab flowers of the species, Tom's Choice has very attractive lavender flowers in June and July. This large chive naturalizes in the garden and is a great pollinator plant. 15" high x 8" wide. Zo...
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