Spineless Prickly Pear

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Spineless Prickly Pear

Opuntia ellisiana
Spineless Prickly Pear
3

6 feet
6

12 feet
Cultivar
  • Full Sun
  • Very Low
  • Evergreen
  • Flowering
  • Birds

About This Plant

Sun. Evergreen, with yellow and orange flowers and edible tuna fruits. The nopal pads are also edible.

Spineless is a relative term when it comes to prickly pear; though it lacks long visible spines, the “eyes” (glochids) still bear irritating slivers and should be handled with care, even when wearing gloves. Pads can be safely held between the glochid dots (but don’t poke them in the eyes).

Maintenance

Prickly pear can be cut back as needed (even to the ground, to restart) or pads can be pick-pruned.

Features

Plant Type:
Cactus and Succulent
Size:
3-6' H, 6-12' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Sun
Soil Types:
Clay, Sandy, Thin
Wildlife:
Birds, Pollinators
Flower Color:
Orange, Yellow
Bloom Time:
April, May, June, July
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
None
Coupon Eligible:
No

This plant goes well with

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