Opuntia ficus-indica/Indian Fig

Opuntia ficus-indica / Opuntia ficus-indica
Large spreading form
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Large spreading form

Mature plant

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Scientific Name: Opuntia ficus-indica
Common Name: Indian Fig
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 8-10 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer
Flower color: Yellow, Orange
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Fruit color: Purple
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Dry
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: This is a popular cactus which will grow quite large where conditions are favorable. The leaves are large, oblong pads which normally bear few spines. The fruit is edible when it ripens to a purple color. Old pads eventually form woody stems. Very drought tolerant. Excellent for rock gardens and other xeriscape plantings. Pads begin to shrivel during droughts indicating the need for water. Easy to grow. New plants formed from a single pad used as a cutting.