This is from my April, 2016 presentation at Waterwise Botanicals nursery’s Cactus Chat. You’re welcome to use the list and photos, just please give me credit. Thanks! Debra

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No. 17: You can carve it.

How to carve cactus

 

Debra Lee Baldwin’s 17 Reasons to Grow Opuntia (Paddle Cacti)

Spectacular flowers

Textural interest

Multiple ovals

Gorgeous backlit

Pads root easily

Thrives in poor soil

Needs no irrigation

Tolerates frost,

Desert heat, harsh sun

No maintenance

Edible pads high in V-C

Edible fruit

You can carve it

Larger varieties

Firebreak

Security fence

Privacy screen

Green backdrop