Welcome to the famous Dave's Garden website. Join our friendly community that shares tips and ideas for gardens, along with seeds and plants. I think our cactus is NOPALEA COCHENILLIFERA, the Cochineal Nopal Cactus. I say "think" because normally you think of the Cochineal Nopal Cactus as. Nopalea cochenillifera (Linnaeus) Salm-Dyck, Cact. Hort. Dyck. (as coccinellifera). Nopal chamacuero, cochineal nopal cactus, tunita.


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Is it just me, or are there multiple plants with very different cladodes included in this species?

Opuntia cochenillifera - Useful Tropical Plants

One kind seem to be more common with the skinny, long, almost cylindrical or crescent-shaped pads. The one in Palmbob's garden photo.


nopalea cochenillifera Many of the "cochenillifera" on eBay, etc. I'll vouch for the "grows anywhere" comment of another poster.

I found this growing in a nopalea cochenillifera hedge at the side of the road. The thing was mostly shaded during the day, but it's green, firm, unwrinkled and healthy looking. It looks like it's spawned several new plants nopalea cochenillifera it's own and the cactus hedge is slowly spreading along the boulevard.

Opuntia cochenillifera

The Spaniards found it well established when they conquered Mexico inand began at once to export nopalea cochenillifera product. As early as Cortez was ordered to obtain and send to Spain as much as he possibly could, while during the early colonial days it was one of the chief articles of tribute to the crown.

The nopalea cochenillifera grew rapidly and was very profitable.

The greatest source nopalea cochenillifera the nopalea cochenillifera was probably the Canary Islands The cochineal insects were placed on the joints or branches of the cactus plants, where they rapidly multiplied and in about four months were collected by brushing them off into baskets or bags.

Then, after being dried in various ways, they became the cochineal of commerce. Two or three such collections were made each year.

Nopalea cochenillifera

The cactuses upon which the cochineal was raised were often grown in large plantations called nopalries, sometimes containing 50, plants in rows about 4 nopalea cochenillifera apart. Since the introduction of the aniline dyes, the cochineal industry has almost disappeared.

The cochineal colors, while brilliant and attractive, are not very permanent. The dye can be used as a natural colouring nopalea cochenillifera foods, for soft drinks and many cosmetics including lipsticks But recent demands for natural dyes, synthetic ones have been linked to cancer resulted in new interest in the cochineal dye.

Downloaded on 20 August Downloaded on 14 August January 23, Photo by: Amante Darmanin Nopalea cochenillifera Photo by: Nopalea cochenillifera cochenillifera is a a much decorative cactus easily found in cultivation.

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