Prickly Pear (Consolea spinosissima)

Botanical names:
Consolea spinosissima Accepted
Opuntia spinosissima Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 3 - 20 feet
Plant Spread: 3 - 15 feet
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: Oval, fleshy, 2 to 3 inch, red to purple when ripe. Edible after removing hairs and spines.
Fruiting Time: Summer
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Fruit
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Other info: Seeds may be extremely slow to germinate
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Other: Individual pads form new plants; they must dry and callous for 10 days before planting
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Thorned
Conservation status: Endangered (EN)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Endangered
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Comments:
Posted by Dutchlady1 (Sunny Naples, Florida - Zone 10a) on Jan 24, 2013 7:17 AM

This plant, which was formerly known as Opuntia corallicola, is one of the most critically endangered plants in the United States, with wild populations only existing in the Florida Keys in very small numbers. It is currently successfully growing at Naples Botanical Garden.

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