Hardy Cactus in the Chicagoland landscape. One of designer and naturalist Ed Max’s favorite native perennials; as seen in this Oak Park Il prairie landscape

December 21, 2015 by MAX

Opuntia (Prickly Pear cactus) is a native of sandier habitats within the Chicagoland Wilderness. Adding them into your drier, sunnier beds will add a blast of lemon yellow blooms in late spring, followed by the edible fruit in late summer. Super hardy, just averse to wet conditions, so placement is important.

landscape with natives , Ed Max is an arborist, naturalist and landscape designer from Wheaton, and Naperville Il.

Native, spiny, and edible cactus in the landscapes of West Chicago, and St. Charles. Landscape designer Ed Max uses this unusual native often. Easy to care for- just be sure its in a well drained and sunny location! This perennial can beĀ  part of your drier locations too with little fuss.

Bloom time: late spring , early summer. Easy to care for, just a bit spiny!

 

 


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