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

This plant is tagged in:
Image Image

« Add a new plant to the database

» Search the Prickly Pears Database: by characteristics or by cultivar name

« See the general plant entry for Prickly Pears (Opuntia)

« The Prickly Pears Database Front Page

« The Plants Database Front Page

Today's site banner is by Zoia and is called "Korean Lilac Palibin"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.