9 responses to “Opuntia fragilis”

  1. Daniel Mosquin

    Seems like an appropriate entry to share this photograph from several years ago.

  2. Katherine

    You made your point!

  3. Nicholle

    I live in Edmonton and I have a little cactus garden with three Opuntia species and an Escobaria (I haven’t tried identifying them to species–I probably should). They are lovely when they flower. However, weeding them is problematic and painful.

  4. Don

    I’ve grown many cacti over the years, but I have never allowed any opuntia in my house or garden. They are best enjoyed at a safe distance in someone else’s yard.
    I’ve found that duct tape works as well as anything for removing glochids. I’ve also tried spreading the affected area with white glue and letting it dry, then pulling it off. However, no matter what technique you use, there will always be one or two left that you just can’t get out.

  5. Fiona

    Last summer we saw Opuntia cacti on Mitlenatch Island in Georgia Strait. We were told that it’s the only island in the Salish Sea that supports this cactus. I wonder how it could have established itself in this isolated location in the first place…

  6. 3point141

    Never heard of this one.
    A superb capture along with an informative write-up, as always.
    Thank you

  7. Ron B

    O. fragilis grows in multiple locations in Puget Sound and vicinity. Flowering here can be sparse, main mode of natural dispersal appears to be otters.
    Other wild plant species found otherwise primarily in the interior occur in the San Juan Islands, Olympic rain shadow and corresponding parts of southwest BC.

  8. Davor_Croatia

    Opuntia fragilis is a very interesting cactus to me. It is one of few cactuses that can grow in the continental Croatia. Unfortunately, it is not available in stores here, but enthusiasts are spreading it among themselves.

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