Texas Prickly Pear
- Central Texas
- Full Sun
- Very Low
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.
No supplemental water needed, but pruning (by lopping off pads every few years) can be a prickly chore.
This plant goes well with
- Lupinus texensis, L.subcarnosus, L.havardii
- Castilleja indivisa
- Oenothera spp