Opuntia littoralis/Coastal Prickly Pear

Opuntia littoralis / Opuntia littoralis
A large pad covered with yellowish colored spines
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A large pad covered with yellowish colored spines

Reddish-purple fruit on a mature plant

Pads with clusters of prominent spines

A sprawling specimen of the Coastal Prickly Pear

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Scientific Name: Opuntia littoralis
Common Name: Coastal Prickly Pear
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 2 -3 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer
Flower color: Yellow, Orange, Pink
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Fruit color: Red, Purple
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Dry
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Comments: This is a common Prickly Pear native to California, often seen growing in dense thickets. It has a sprawling form and produces large pads up to twelve inches long and about four inches wide. The large leaves or pads are covered with long, yellow spines. Easy to grow and ideal for the rock garden or other plantings were conservation of water is practiced. Produces yellow to orange flowers and red fruit.