PlantsPrickly Pears→Beavertail Cactus (Opuntia basilaris)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Other: Rose-red
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Erosion control
Will Naturalize
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
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth

Beautiful Beavertail!

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Location: Redrock Canyon State Park, CaliforniaDate: 2009-04-25
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Location: Redrock Canyon State Park, CaliforniaDate: 2009-04-25
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Location: Redrock Canyon State Park, CaliforniaDate: 2009-04-25
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Location: Twentynine Palms, CaliforniaDate: 2015-03-19
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Location: Joshua Tree National ParkDate: 2009-04-12Photo courtesy of: Alex E. Proimos
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Posted by Johannian (The Black Hills, SD - Zone 5a) on Jan 11, 2022 9:19 PM

Range: southeastern California to southwestern Utah and western Arizona; south to Sonora. Additional info: the gray-green stems, low growth, and brilliant flowers, which often nearly cover the plant, make this a popular ornamental in hot, dry climates. The bristles can irritate the skin but do not pose the danger of species with long, rigid spines, such as the Prickly Pear (Opuntia polyacantha).

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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