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Common Names: P

pachysandra, Alleghany
Pachysandra procumbens
pachysandra, Japanese
Pachysandra terminalis
pagoda dogwood; alternate-leaved dogwood
Cornus alternifolia
palm, Adam's !needle, needle
Yucca filamentosa
panicled aster
Aster simplex
partridgeberry
Mitchella repens
passionflower, blue
Passiflora caerulea
passionflower, wild
Passiflora incarnata
passionflower, yellow
Passiflora lutea
pawpaw
Asimina triloba
pennisetum, Chinese
Pennisetum alopecuroides
penstemon, pine-leaved
Penstemon pinifolius
pepperbush, sweet
Clethra alnifolia
peppermint
Mentha piperita
periwinkle, common
Vinca minor
periwinkle, purple-flowered
Vinca minor (purple-flowered)
periwinkle, white-flowered
Vinca minor 'Alba'
phlox, beautiful
Phlox pulchra
phlox, Carolina
Phlox carolina
phlox, creeping
Phlox stolonifera
phlox, downy
Phlox pilosa
phlox, northern
Phlox borealis
phlox, prairie
Phlox pilosa
phlox, smooth
Phlox glaberrima
phlox, sword-leaf
Phlox buckleyi
phlox, thick-leaf
Phlox carolina
phlox, trailing
Phlox nivalis 'Camla'
phlox, wild blue
Phlox divaricata
pickerel weed
Pontederia cordata
pineapple sage
Salvia elegans
pink, ground
Phlox subulata
pink, maiden
Dianthus deltoides
pink, meadow
Dianthus deltoides
pink, moss
Phlox subulata
pink, sea
Armeria maritima
pink-flowered lily-of-the-valley
Convallaria majalis 'Rosea'
plum, August
Prunus americana
plum, beach
Prunus maritima
plum, goose
Prunus americana
plum, wild
Prunus americana
plumbago, hardy
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides
polypody, common
Polypodium virginianum
polypody, rock
Polypodium virginianum
poppy, celandine
Stylophorum diphyllum
poppy, wood
Stylophorum diphyllum
prickly comfrey
Symphytum asperum
prickly pear
Opuntia humifusa
prickly pear
Opuntia humifusa rafinesquei
prickly pear
Opuntia phaeacantha
prickly pear
Opuntia phaeacantha - purple-flowered
prickly pear, common
Opuntia compressa
prickly pear, Indian fig
Opuntia ficus-indica
purple hairgrass
Muhlenbergia capillaris
purple strawberry guava
Psidium littorale longipes
pussytoes, plantain-leaved
Antennaria plantaginifolia

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Catalog as of January 02, 2016

Opuntia

(Cactaceae - cactus family)
Prickly pear; cholla. About 300 species of cacti, ranging in form from prostrate to tree-like. All are native to North or South America. Many species are cultivated as ornamentals, and a few are grown for their edible fruit. Opuntias have fleshy, conspicuously jointed stems and, usually, showy flowers. Technically, the plants are usually leafless, but their green stems give them the appearance of being evergreen. In some species the stems take the form of flattened pads; these kinds are generally called "prickly pears". In others the stems are cylindrical; these species are known as "chollas". Some Opuntias are densely covered with spines, while others have few or none. All, however, have clusters of short, barbed bristles called glochids which readily detach from the plant and stick into the skin. Because of these, the plants must be handled very carefully even if they do not have spines. Gloves, a pair of sticks, chicken tongs, or a very delicate touch are called for. The fruit of some of the Opuntias is edible. (Most of the prickly pear types bear edible fruit, but the fruit is often rather insipid.) If the fruit is used, care must be taken to wipe the glochids from the skin of the fruit before eating it. Many Opuntias are quite hardy, tolerating cold, heat, and drought. They do, however, require well-drained soil and should have a good, sunny location. Steps should also be taken to prevent fallen tree leaves from smothering them in fall and winter. Whenever possible, the Opuntias sold here are shipped as rooted plants. In some cases, however, they may be shipped as an unrooted pad, or part of a pad. These can be shallowly planted, on edge, and will quickly develop roots once they are in place.

compressa evgrn subshr • ht 8" • zones 4-10

common prickly pear


native, succulent, rock garden, dry - moist, sun
US

Low, spreading growth habit, with pads mostly 3-5" long. Flowers are yellow, to 3" across, appearing mainly in June. We offer the following selections of this species:

Opuntia compressa selection # 1: flowersOpuntia compressa selection # 1: fruit
selection # 1

Opuntia compressa selection Opuntia compressa selection # 1 1 - Jun 22

Bears reasonably palatable fruit which remains on the plant and in good condition all winter here. Fruit tastes best in its second year on the plant. (See cautionary note above about removing glochids before eating fruit.) Spineless pads. From the Connecticut coast.

cat # 2Q3S $9.95 each / 3+, $9.50 ea

selection # 2

Opuntia compressa selection Opuntia compressa selection # 2 2 - Jul 5 Opuntia compressa selection Opuntia compressa selection # 2 2 - Jul 10

Has flowers a bit showier than those of selection #1.

cat # 2Q3T $9.95 each

ficus-indica evgrn shr or tree • ht to 18' • zone 10

Indian fig (prickly pear)

Opuntia ficus-indica - Apr 2


edible fruit, succulent, dry - moist, sun
Mexico?

Large, oblong pads as much as 20" in length. Yellow flowers, 1-2" across, are followed by sweet, edible fruits 2 - 3½" long. Cultivated extensively for fruit throughout the warmer parts of the world. This cactus is long-lived and capable of producing heavy crops of fruit on poor, dry, sandy or stony soil. The selection offered here is from Sicily; it has only small, scattered spines. Can produce fruit when grown in containers.

cat # 2Q3M
$9.95 each


humifusa evgrn subshr • ht 10" • zones 4-10

(prickly pear)

Opuntia humifusa - Jun 22 Opuntia humifusa - Jun 22


native, succulent, rock garden, dry - moist, sun
US

Low-growing, with large pads to 8" long. Bears a profusion of yellow flowers to 3" across in summer.

cat # 2Q3R
$9.95 each


humifusa rafinesquei evgrn subshr • ht 8" • zones 4-10

(prickly pear)

Opuntia humifusa rafinesquei - Jul 4 Opuntia humifusa rafinesquei - Jul 4


native, succulent, rock garden, dry - moist, sun
central U.S.

Similar to the species, above, but with smaller pads. This selection is from Arkansas.

cat # 2Q3P
$9.95 each


Opuntia imbricata
imbricata evgrn shrub or tree • ht 6-12' • zones 5 or 6-10

chain-link cactus (cholla)


new, native, succulent, rock garden, dry - moist, sun
sw and cent US, Mexico

An upright, sometimes tree-like cactus. Perhaps the hardiest species capable of attaining such proportions. Flowers are pink to purple, 2½-3" across. Plants grown outdoors in the open here have endured -20° F, but have experienced some disease problems. To grow this species in outdoors in a humid climate, it would be best to situate it in a very warm, sunny location where it will dry off quickly. Providing overhead cover (for example, by locating the plant under a roof overhang) would be helpful also.

apricot

Orange-flowered cultivar of O. imbricata.

cat # 2Q3NC $14.95 each

magenta

Purple-flowered cultivar of O. imbricata.

cat # 2Q3NM $14.95 each

Opuntia phaeacantha - Jul 7 Opuntia phaeacantha - Dec 10 Opuntia phaeacantha - Jul 11 Opuntia phaeacantha - Jul 11 Opuntia phaeacantha plum-flowered - Jul 11
phaeacantha evgrn subshr • ht 12" • zones 5-10

(prickly pear)


native, succulent, rock garden, dry - moist, sun
sw US, n Mexico

Large pads to 8" long. Bears yellow flowers in June. Quite showy in fall when the relatively large, dark red fruits ripen.

cat # 2Q4C
$9.95 each


Opuntia phaeacantha plum-flowered - Jul 10 Opuntia phaeacantha plum-flowered - Jul 10 Opuntia phaeacantha plum-flowered - Jul 10
phaeacantha - purple-flowered evgrn subshr • ht 12" • zones 5-10

(prickly pear)


native, rock garden, dry - moist, sun

Large pads to 8" across. Bears showy purple flowers in late June or early July.

cat # 2Q4E
$12.95 each