New paddles forming on Opuntia

I thought the color of these newly-forming Opuntia paddles was neat, so I took a quick pic. Like most opuntias, these have tiny thick leaves as they emerge, which quickly fall off, leaving the big round (thorny!) pads.

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Comment by Patricia Valdez on May 14, 2012 at 5:01pm

I have been looking for those purple cactus. I so want a pad. :)

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on May 13, 2012 at 1:37pm

Thanks, all!  Sorry, Craig, this plant was in the Desert Botanical Garden, not my own garden, so I don't have this one to share.  Happy gardening all!

Comment by Craig Hancock on May 1, 2012 at 8:23pm

Would like for you to send one of these "paddles" to me in the mail as I have several of the solid green ones and the Paddles root so easily.

Comment by Lyn - Sydney on April 30, 2012 at 1:28am

Wow, those thorny pads would come in handy for buffing away the rough skin!! They are such a pretty colour!

Comment by Michelle Compton on April 29, 2012 at 7:50pm

Nice colors and texture!

Comment by Margaret Wintersole Zn 9A on April 29, 2012 at 6:20pm

aren't they pretty


Comment by Rose Bridge on April 29, 2012 at 10:03am

I love it.  I've been away for the last 6 months and am looking forward to seeing how things fared in Mesa during that time.  It will experience the desert in the summer for the first time this year. 

Comment by Kathy Tedrow on April 29, 2012 at 9:59am

So beautiful.

Comment by betty lane on April 29, 2012 at 9:54am


Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on April 29, 2012 at 9:35am

Thanks for looking/commenting, I really appreciate it!  Happy gardening!

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