Monday, February 18, 2008

Cactus plants

We live in South Carolina and would like to plant cactus around our pool area (no shade). Can you suggest some that will grow year round and are tolerant to our winter climate? Thank you, Deb B.

Anne's Response:

I am not willing to suggest planting cactus around a residential swimming pool. The spines on a cactus can be quite painful when they become embedded. We spend too much time around swimming pools in bare feet and exposed arms and legs that can brush against the plants or pick up thorns that have dropped to the ground from decaying plant parts.

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