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While Instagram has gone mad with 'shelfie' posts of lines of cacti, the focus on these plants is also down to our growing focus on wellbeing, Gynelle notes.
NB: From Prick: Cacti & Succulents: Choosing, Styling, Caring by Gynelle Leon (PS15, Mitchell Beazley)
At the age of eight, my unfortunate daughter [Dr Caroline Burnett-Hodd, also an optometrist] accidentally fell backwards into a whole collection of cacti and it took several hours to remove all the spines.
Brenda began keeping the prickly plants in 2005 when she returned from a holiday in Teneriffe with a cacti in her hand luggage.
As with every year for the past decade, the exhibition will take place on the second Sunday of May and will give visitors the opportunity to admire rare cacti and other succulents brought in by the members of the society to be judged for their beauty and the owner's plant growing skills.
A number of rare cacti occur in the SW United States and northern Mexico.
For the past two months, groups of cacti in the Hula Valley have been found covered by a deadly white parasite.
Cacti and succulents for cold climates; 274 outstanding species for challenging conditions.
Chemical analyses of the fruit extracts from several varieties of prickly pear cacti show the presence of other powerful antioxidants--polyphenols, flavonoids, carotenoids and vitamin C.
AFTER a fairly prickly period in the wilderness, cacti are getting their just deserts.
Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter cacti - which ones are you growing?
According to The Grand Dictionary of Chinese Medicine and the Compendium of Materia Medica, as well as many certified tests and analyses carried out by the Department of Agriculture and the Institute for Nutrition and Food Safety of the Center of Disease Prevention and Control of China, cacti contain over 18 kinds of amino acid, carbohydrates, chief meal fibrin, carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K1, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, smoke acid, folacin, calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, sodium, magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc, iodine, and selenium.
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