A growth of Prickly Pear Cactus with its read flower
Prickly Pear Cactus
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

Features

Bloom colour: Green | Yellow
Blooms:
Pollinators:
Sun or Shade: Full Sun
Plant Type: Perennial
Height: Up to 5 feet (160 cms)
America
It grows well in hardiness zones: 4 to 9

Planting

Dry plains, such as deserts. Pots with well draining, gravelly soils.
Water requirement: Low water requirement.
Sandy, well drained soils. Extremely adaptable to drought.

Care

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.

Pruning

Spread: Large yellow flowers spread up to 10cm.

Considerations

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.
Edible

Styling and Use

Cactaceae

Other

History

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