I would like to start a cactus garden and wondered what the law says
regarding taking prickly pear from the side of the road or wherever. I
live in Texas. It's not that I begrudge paying for it - it's cheap
enough. I bought an unpotted aloe for 99c on the way back from Mexico
one time and it has opened out and grown into a stunning plant.
Anyway, I figured if I could legally take some, then I would.
If not, I won't!
I've searched the net and found virtualy nothing.
Any help would be appreciated.
It is indeed illegal under state laws in Texas, and quite expensive. If You
wanted to take it out of someone's yard it wouldn't be a problem (unless
the owner of the land objects!). Take it from the wild and the fine is
Aha. Kind of what I figured. I knew there were wild flower laws...
Off to the shops I go.
Thanks for the info.
btw, I'll be lurking around. Will be moving to a house with the garden of
my dreams soon, after living in an apartment since May when I landed on
these shores from England. I'm so excited... even bought a Texas Gardener!
So you must have a chance to drop into The Broken Spoke, to check out
listen, where i live a wide range of Opuntias have naturalized, their
pads fall off, get knocked off by people, cars, whatever. the taking
of a propagation piece, for they do root easilly...why do you not call
the local department of agriculture and ask? i have harvested all
kinds of opuntias to send to folks, i just asked the person living in
the vicinity of their growing, if i could take one or two pads. I have
also rooted them from the supermarket! Ask first. for a while, and
this may not be so now, all catcus were on some appendix one or two of
the Endangered Species list. in truth, MANY of them are truly
endangered, but i doubt if prickly pear is one of them.
in our deranged times, it is not the criminal who goes to jail, it is
the harmless person taking a small piece of a plant, to no detriment
to that plant.... be on the safe side.
On Mon, 17 Nov 2003 03:58:24 GMT, Shell91 <.net> wrote:
Heydiddly-o neighbour - we're actually closer to Friendswood. We're on 518
close to Cullen that leads to the Beltway... we're about to move behind 518
into Brookside Village.
I was about to apologise for the thread hijack, then realised it was my
thread - haha - that's a first for me!
Most likely its illegal in most if not all states to remove natural
fauna without a permit. This includes non game animals birds reptiles
etc, as well as vegetation.
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It's always illegal to take plants without permission. However, since this
particular plant is everywhere in Texas, I don't think anyone would mind if you
took some...way back in some field. Please do remember that this plant has
billions of very sharp, very invasive to the skin and body, PRICKS! One time I
didn't do it carefully and I had these cactus pricks in my bra, and everywhere
on my body. I have no idea how it happened, but it did.
I just went out and bought mine. I forget the variety, but mine has a pink
tinge to the pads and a nice blue as well.
On 14 Nov 2003 17:51:44 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org (Purple Linny) opined:
Hmm... sounds like an adventure.
Depends on my conscience at the time ;-)
Ouch! The mind boggles. Yep, some heavy duty gloves and all over protection
will be in order... even if I just buy one. I want to get some large cacti
as centrepieces in my display and then concentrate on growing and nurturing
the smaller ones on the outskirts.
I removed a few pads a month ago to make more plants. I can send a pad to you.
They are very easy to get going. Let me know. My email address is
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On Sun, 16 Nov 2003 13:42:13 GMT, Purple Linny LeCompte
I should have thought of that. i can send pads of about three kinds
which grow either wild, or for the taking from the land owner. one is
very like Burbank's Spineless. want some?
If you decide to collect from the wild, might I suggest that you only break
off one pad from any one plant. They root extremely easily and grow
But before you decide to do this, there are some relatively spineless
prickly pear cacti that have very sweet edible fruit which can be used for
preserves and wine. I am told that one which I have just received will grow
10 feet tall in three years under optimal conditions in Bisbee, AZ. Your
local nursery might be able to provide you with better stock than you can
find in the wild population.
You must be excited to learn what grows in Texas. I just started exploring
succulents and cacti as landscape plants: it is a difficult transition from
my northeast roots. I now live in the Southern California mountains.
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