|Cochineal Nopal Cactus|
|Sun Requirements:||Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
|Plant Height:||Up to 20 feet|
|Plant Spread:||Up to 15 feet|
|Leaves:||Other: Green leaves present only on emerging growth, they may or may not be replaced with spines (modified leaves) on mature growth.
Edible to birds
Other: Blooms are usually magenta, but also tend to be reddish/purple/deep pink.
|Flower Time:||Late winter or early spring
Late spring or early summer
|Uses:||Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Suitable for forage
Tolerates dry shade
|Toxicity:||Other: thorns are sharp, glochids can become embedded in skin and cause pain
|Propagation: Seeds:||Sow in situ
|Propagation: Other methods:||Cuttings: Stem
Other: pads which remain on the plant may fall over, and when touching the ground, will root from the spines
|Containers:||Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
|Miscellaneous:||Tolerates poor soil
|Posted by skylark (JC NJ/So FL - Zone 7b) on Aug 21, 2014 4:35 PM
Found a great link about this plant, which I saw growing 10' tall on the streets of Miami, Fl.
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