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Opuntia phaeacantha/Tulip Prickly Pear

Opuntia phaeacantha / Opuntia phaeacantha
Pads may be up to 12 inches long and 8 inches wide
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Pads may be up to 12 inches long and 8 inches wide

Two kinds of spines, long ones from 1-4 together or dense, minute, clustered ones at the base of the longer tyhpe

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Scientific Name: Opuntia phaeacantha
Common Name: Tulip Prickly Pear
Plant Type: Evergreen
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Yellow
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Fruit color: Red, Purple
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Landscape Categories: Plants for Xeriscapes
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Comments: Perhaps the most widely distributed prickly pear in the southwestern USA. An erect or sprawling shrub or cactus with fleshy fruit and brown to gray to black spines. The fleshy fruits are enjoyed by humans and wildlife. The fruits juice can be used to make a red dye.