Excellent Xeric Plant Combination

 Pink Muhly (Muhlenbergia capillaris), and violet-tinged Opuntia gosseliniana var santa-rita.  The grass, while not in bloom year round, at this time of year makes a thrilling pairing with the Opuntia (which goes by various names;  I picked one). 
 The Opuntia also looks quite fine with a blooming Leucophyllum fruitescens.
 Photographed and enjoyed at the Phoenix Botanic Garden.


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  1. Definitely one for the plant combination file though massing plants on that scale isn't going to happen. I have all those plants already and some rearranging would make an interesting experiment.

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    1. All three together would make for a stunning vignette. I know you could pull it off. :)

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  2. I do love that Opuntia - I just could never figure where to put it to ensure it did no harm to me or anyone else.

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    1. It is rather scary, but oh, that violet color...

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  3. I immediately thought Desert Botanical Garden because the display there is so striking. Can't wait for more photos from there.

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  4. Beautiful combination of plant shapes - those paddles are so sculptural against the feathery background.

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  5. Seriously, those are thrilling color and texture combinations. I'll love to see what Shirley does with her plants.

    I passed up an Opuntia gosseliniana at the UC Riverside Botanic Gardens Fall Plant Sale today [kicks self]. I do have a Opuntia, um, Homedepotii that was labeled Santa Rita, though, and it purples up nicely, so I shouldn't whine.

    Eagerly awaiting more Arizona photos!

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  6. Beautiful! Very striking indeed, and your photography skills make it even more magical.

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  7. The Opuntia looks as though it's under the wonderful sky of an Arabian twilight...

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