Opuntia spinosior

Prickly Pear Cactus

The edible prickly pear and the infamous cholla are two distinct members of this diverse group of desert plants. They represent, respectively, the two halves of this genus -- plants with flat, broad joints, and those with cylindrical ones. Regardless, all Opuntias have many-petaled, showy flowers in yellow, white, orange, purple or red, and edible fruits. Need full sun and excellent drainage. Watch out for tufts of small bristles that dot the leaves.
Opuntia spinosior, Prickly Pear Cactus
This shrubby, jointed plant has gray spines with pink tips. It can become treelike. Spineless, bright yellow fruit grows 1 to 1½ inches long.

Attributes - Opuntia spinosior

Plant Type: Succulent

Bloom Season: Early Spring through Late Spring

Flower Color: Purple, Red, White, Yellow

Foliage: Evergreen

Height: 5 ft. to 12 ft.

Width: 12 ft.

Sunlight: Full Sun

Climate: Zones 9, 10, 11

Notes: Thrives in Dry Climates, Hot Climates. Container Plants, Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance, Showy Flowers.

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