Plains Prickly Pear (Opuntia macrorhiza) in the Prickly Pears Database

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Botanical names:
Opuntia macrorhiza Accepted
Opuntia plumbea Synonym
Opuntia macrorhiza var. macrorhiza Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Dry
Leaves: Other: Green leaves present only on emerging growth. They are replaced by spines (modified leaves) on mature growth.
Fruit: Showy
Indehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Underground structures: Tuber
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Stem
Fruit
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: 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
Layering
Other: Individual pads form new plants; they must dry and callous for 10 days before planting
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth

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