Cow’s Tongue Prickly Pear

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Cow Tongue Prickly Pear

Opuntia engelmannii linguiformis
Cow’s Tongue, Cow Tongue Cactus, Lengua de vaca; Nopal
4

6 feet
4

8 feet
South-Central Texas
  • Central Texas
  • Texas
  • Full Sun
  • Very Low
  • Evergreen
  • Attracts Pollinators
  • Birds

About This Plant

Sun. Evergreen. Cow’s tongue is a prickly pear with 4-foot pads that reach upward like long curling fingers: a striking otherworldly specimen in any landscape.

The yellow blooms and tuna fruits are similar to other prickly pears. Cow’s tongue can be easily propagated by breaking off and re-rooting the pads.

Maintenance

Like any prickly pear, Cow’s Tongue eventually grows large; give it room. Thorny pads make cutting back a chore, even with heavy gloves.

Features

Plant Type:
Cactus and Succulent
Size:
4-6' H, 4-8' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Sun
Soil Types:
Clay, Sandy, Thin
Wildlife:
Bees, Birds, Pollinators
Flower Color:
Yellow
Bloom Time:
April, May, June
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
None
Coupon Eligible:
No

This plant goes well with

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