Prickly Pear (Opuntia macrocentra 'Santa-Rita Curls') in the Prickly Pears Database

Botanical names:
Opuntia macrocentra Accepted
Opuntia violacea Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Plant Height: 6-8 ft.
Plant Spread: 8-10 ft.
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Time: Spring
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Provides winter interest
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Fruit
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Needs specific temperature: 68-86 degrees
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Other info: Seeds may be extremely slow to germinate
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Other: Individual pads form new plants; they must dry and callous for 10 days before planting
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

rooting a pad

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Location: Home - Middle TennesseeDate: 2010-12-17rooting a pad
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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Nov 23, 2011 5:12 AM

***Caution: handle Opuntias with extreme care. The spines and glochids of Opuntias are formidable. Glochids, in particular, are easily dislodged from the plant when touched or brushed against. The barbed tips of the glochids make them very difficult to remove from skin.

The Opuntia pads, called nopales in Spanish, are edible. They must be thoroughly peeled to remove all the spines and glochids before cooking or eating. They can be eaten raw or cooked.

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