Cactus that will over winter in the Albany area

July 24, 2005

I have had very good luck with Prickly Pear cactus overwintering outside in the Albany area. Has anyone had any luck with any other cactus making it through our winters?

I would love to add another variety to my succulent garden.


Comments (4)

  • jannie

    I'm in Long Island. Have had Hens and checks outside for three years.But they're in a container and next to the houser,so I think its a slightly-warmer micro-climate.

  • kareen

    Jean ,
    Is your's the yellow flowering pear? There is a Purple Texas Cholla(Opuntia imbricata)that is hardy to zone 4 , hummers and butterflys love it .

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  • cherrylane

    The June issue of Horticulture Magazine had an article about cactus that suggested these.

    Escobaria vivipara(Coryphantha vivipara; beehive cactus) hardy to zone 4
    Echinocereus reichenbachii subsp. baileyi (lace cactus)hardy to zone 5
    Echinocereus triglochidiatus (claret cup hedgehog cactus) hardy to zone 5
    Opuntia humifusa (prickly pear cactus)hardy to zone 4
    Opuntia phaeacantha (purple-fruited prickly pear)hardy to zone 5
    Cylindropuntia imbricata (cane cholla)hardy to zone 5

    You may also want to check with the;

    Cactus and Succulent Society of America
    P.O. Box 2615, Parhump, NV 89041-2615

  • jean_mdc

    Yes, Kareen, mine is the yellow flowering pear? And I was so excited when it bloomed this year! That picture of the Purple Texas Cholla(Opuntia imbricata)is absolutely beautiful! And to think it is hardy to zone 4! I will absolutely have to get one!
    Thanks a bunch my dear friend.......Jean

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