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.
Botanical Name: Opundia
Nom Français: Cactus de figue de barbarie
Bloom colour: Green | Yellow
Sun or Shade: Full Sun
Plant Type: Perennial
Height: Up to 5 feet (160 cms)
It grows well in hardiness zones: 4 to 9
Dry plains, such as deserts. Pots with well draining, gravelly soils.
Water requirement: Low water requirement.
Sandy, well drained soils. Extremely adaptable to drought.
The prickly cactus prefers warm, dry weather, such as other cacti
Fairly slow growth rate. Can take 2-3 years for the fruit to appear.
Spread: Large yellow flowers spread up to 10cm.
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.
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