Prickly Pear Cactus

Opundia

Cactus de figue de barbarie

Canada’s only native cactus is a great conversation piece. Prickly Pear Cactus (Opundia) is a unique addition to any garden, indoors or out. Plant in dry, sandy soil and enjoy vibrant yellow flowers.

After flowering, the cactus bears edible purple or red fruits called tunas which can be made into jellies. Prickly pears are considered invasive in multiple areas such as Australia, South Aftrica and Hawaii.


Its natural habitat is, Dry plains, such as deserts. Pots with well draining, gravelly soils..


Companion plant suggestions include Cactaceae

Caring for Prickly Pear Cactus

The prickly cactus prefers warm, dry weather, such as other cacti

It is happiest in Sandy, well drained soils. Extremely adaptable to drought.

In terms of water, Prickly Pear Cactus needs Low water requirement.