Texas Prickly Pear

Opuntia engelmannii var. lindheimeri

Nopal, Tuna; Prickly Pear; Cow's Tongue Cactus

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.

Origins: South, central and west Texas, south to Mexico


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

Welcome to Texas!

Min. Height: 4'

Max Height: 6 feet'

Min. Width: 4'

Max Width: 10 feet'

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