Texas Prickly Pear

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Texas Prickly Pear

Opuntia engelmannii var. lindheimeri
Nopal, Tuna; Prickly Pear; Cow’s Tongue Cactus
4

6 feet
4

10 feet
South, central and west Texas, south to Mexico
  • Central Texas
  • Texas
  • Full Sun
  • Very Low
  • Evergreen
  • Flowering
  • Birds

About This Plant

Sun or partial shade. Evergreen, with warm-colored flowers in early summer, followed by fruits that keep your mockingbirds busy for months. Prickly pear is a coarse, robust accent in any sunny area and makes a wildlife attractant as well as a great burglar bar.

It’s also a very easy shrub to grow; just take a pad from your favorite specimen and plant it about 1″ deep in a well-drained pot or directly in the ground. Give it room; it can be cut back, but it’s better to plan ahead so you won’t have to.

Maintenance

No supplemental water needed, but pruning (by lopping off pads every few years) can be a prickly chore.

Features

Plant Type:
Cactus and Succulent
Size:
4-6' H, 4-10' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Sun
Soil Types:
Sandy
Wildlife:
Bats, Birds, Butterflies
Flower Color:
Orange, Yellow
Bloom Time:
April, May, June
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
None
Coupon Eligible:
No

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