General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
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
Flowers: Showy
Underground structures: Tuber
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Stem
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
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

Common names
  • Plains Prickly Pear
  • Prickly Pear
  • Big Root Prickly Pear
  • Delicate Prickly Pear
  • Starvation Prickly Pear
  • Tuberous-Rooted Prickly Pear
  • Twist-Spine Prickly Pear
  • Common Prickly-Pear
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Opuntia macrorhiza
  • Synonym: Opuntia plumbea
  • Synonym: Opuntia macrorhiza var. macrorhiza
  • Synonym: Opuntia polyacantha subsp. juniperina

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