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.
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
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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