Thank you for visiting my webpage! My hobby and passion over the past 30 plus years is studying and testing cold hardy cactus, succulents, and drought hardy perennials for use in the arid regions of the Intermountain West. Initially, my motivation was prompted by the lack of availability and knowledge of these kinds of plants at the local nurseries when attempting to convert my grass covered, water gobbling, landscape into a water wise xeric garden. It's truly amazing the diversity of plant life that has adapted to hot,cold, arid conditions to which are almost unheard of in the public realm outside of the traditional boundries of the Desert Southwest. It is my goal to help educate the public at large the true potential and real beauty of cold desert xeric landscaping as well as make available those plants through garden cultivated seedlings, cuttings or seeds which I've tested and succeeded with over the years. Much of this is still a work in progress and I wish to thank everyone for their support and incredibly positive feedback.
My private nursery is an on-line business only, so in person visits are by appointment only. Call, text, or email me ( best ) to schedule your appointment in advance.
Thanks again for visiting!
Geoscape Desert Nursery
Cold hardy cactus, succulents, and perennials for the rock gardening enthusiast.
1962 North Sparkling Place
Meridian, Idaho 83646
( 208 ) - 884-1251
6/6 - Home Page updated with added "Website Updates" & "Picture of the Week" features.
6/6 - Cylindropuntia imbricata GS105.7 now back in stock as newly rooted cuttings. See Cactus Page 1
6/6 - Three new listings on Cactus Page 2: Echinocereus coccineus var. rosei GS108.4.2, Escobaria albicolumnaria GS113, & Escobaria missouriensis var. caespitosa GS113.7.1
6/7 - Seasonal price increases for selected prickly pears ( Opuntia ) to account for new years growth. Many rooted cuttings now twice to three times the size of original cutting alone.
7/11 - Salvia dorrii seeds now back in stock, see Perennials Page for details.
7/25 - New cactus listing Coryphantha sulcata now available. See Cactus Page 2 for details.
9/7 - New crop rooting cuttings now available again for most sold out items, also see new listings on Cactus 2 Page.
Picture(s) of the week: Prickly pear fruits ( tuna ) comparison.
In Latin America, the prickly pear fruit ( often called tuna's ) are a staple food common in markets, most notably harvested from the fruits of the "Mission Cactus" ( Opuntia ficus-indica ) which have been cultivated for centuries and traded throughout tropical regions of the world. For cold winter areas, their are cold hardy Opuntia's that have good edible fruits and 6 of them are featured here from my collection that are available for purchase ( as plants ) on the Cactus and Cactus 2 pages.
From left to right and top to bottom ( for both pictues above and below ):
1. Opuntia woodsii "Wildfire" GS120.23.1
2. Opuntia woodsii "Sandstone Sunrise" GS120.23.2
3. Opuntia woodsii "Desert Rainbow" GS120.23
4. Opuntia dulcis GS120.7
5. Opuntia phaeacantha "Kaibab Red" GS120.14.2
6. Opuntia gilvescens "Veyo" GS120.9
All can produce hundreds of fruits on well established plants. As you can see, some have more or less percentages of seeds to fruit with Opuntia woodsii "Wildfire" having the most and Opuntia phaeacantha "Kaibab Red" the least. The flavor can vary as well with different degrees of sweetness or sour tones. My own taste test results is as follows: