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Opuntia species /Prickly Pear Cactus

Opuntia species  / Opuntia species
Flowers, buds and developing fruit
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Flowers, buds and developing fruit

Cream colored flowers and many buds on margins of the cactus pads

Mature cactus in a rock garden, the perfect location for this cactus

Close-up image of floral buds

A very large specimen at San Juan Bautista Mission in California

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Scientific Name: Opuntia species
Common Name: Prickly Pear Cactus
Plant Type: Evergreen
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer
Flower color: Yellow, Purple
Fruit present: Summer
Fruit color: Red, Purple
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Plants for Xeriscapes
Plants That Attract Hummingbirds
Comments: Prickly pear cactus represent a number of species of the opuntia genus. All have flat, fleshy pads that look like large leaves but are actually modified branches. Flowers vary in color from cream to yellow and to red. Fruit are edible and sold under the name 'tuna.' Vary in height from one to seven feet.