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Prickly Pear Cactus


Opuntia spp.

Evergreen - Sun
Ht. 2’-6’ Spread 4’-6’
Spacing 2’-4’

HABIT: Yellow to red flowers in spring, red to purple edible fruit in fall.

CULTURE: Flat pads covered with tufts of spines.

USES: Maintenance free spring flowers.

PROBLEMS: Spines can be a nuisance.

NOTES: Texas prickly pear is Opuntia lindheimeri. Opuntia imbricata is the native Cholla or Walking Stick.


"Cactus pad we found in our garden growing in the shape of a heart." Photos by B. Dollar



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