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Opuntia lindheimeri var. linguiformis/Cow's Tongue Cactus

Opuntia lindheimeri  var. linguiformis / Opuntia lindheimeri  var. linguiformis
Developing fruit on margins of cactus pads
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Developing fruit on margins of cactus pads

Flowers and developing fruit on this large cactus

Pads with newer extensions looking like a cow's tongue

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Scientific Name: Opuntia lindheimeri var. linguiformis
Common Name: Cow's Tongue Cactus
Plant Type: Evergreen
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Yellow
Fruit present: Summer
Fruit color: Purple
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants for Xeriscapes
Plants That Attract Hummingbirds
Comments: Fuuit of this cactus is eaten by many birds. Good plant for the xeriscape. Also known as the red flowered cactus. The joints are made edible for livestock by burning the spines off and it is readily eaten in times of drought by many animals, including the coyote.