Cactaceae Opuntia engelmannii. This particular pad was found (a fall off- part of a universally accepted convention fostering conservation efforts in Nevada State) at the Nevada State Veteran’s Memorial at Las Vegas and this image was captured on 21 April 2015. It had been shed so I picked it up, put it in my backpack, brought it to my new apartment and planted it into the soil. Believe it was planted some time in October or November 2014 and this “pear” has just recently sprouted these buds on the side. Am not sure if the buds are going to be flowers or new paddles. Time showed that these new growths were pads… and has also shown that this Cactus grows fast. The flowers are bright yellow and very attractive to bees as I can share as I find time.
These tuna are aged and then processed into the candy. The tuna themselves turn a bright red. Is awesome.
Below is a Cows Tongue Opuntia Blossom. The plant is about three years old. This cactus is sold on shelves here in Vegas as a fruit and vegetable item. Will review cooking procedures to share in this post, and in addition the “tuna” is harvested as well. There is a tuna to the bottom below this blossom with the white on top. The tuna are aged and used to created cactus candy. Below are some tuna just after the flowers have blossomed. One of the best images I have captured. This is the first year I have been able to take pictures of the flowers.
Below is an image of my Hybrid Opuntia with a full blossom. This plant was also started from a “fall off” and has grown huge. This year 2018 there must have been 30 of these blossoms.
Alongside the images above there are some other images I plan on sharing as time permits. If you have an WP account leave a comment please.
The image below is of an Desert Mallow (Apricot). Something interesting I learned about the plant roots? Think Marsh Mallows. Is considered a weed and a garden plant as well. Grown from seed.
My Mom’s Peanut Cactus
All of these plants are grown from fall-offs. Need to keep re-interating this fact because it is imperative we protect our delicate deserts. The Cholla is difficult to grow (at least for me) because the segment at ground level dies back. I work very hard to keep it shielded from excess water and damage. The parent plant has deep, rich, dark purple blossoms.