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Botanical names:
Opuntia robusta Accepted
Opuntia larreyi Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: large sharp spines
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Guardian plant
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Tolerates dry shade
Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Other: spines on pads are sharp and dangerous
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds
Needs specific temperature: 68-86 degrees
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Other info: Seeds may be extremely slow to germinate
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Other: Individual pads form new plants; they must dry and callous for 10 days before planting
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth


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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Luther Burbank's thornless Opuntia by NickyNick Oct 7, 2019 11:10 PM 66
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Is this rot or cold damage or...? by cahdg6891 Nov 28, 2016 10:33 AM 6
Opuntia robusta monstrosa. by KAMasud Nov 10, 2013 8:16 PM 41
Genus Philodendron. Species? by KAMasud Nov 18, 2012 12:11 PM 27

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