Beavertail Cactus (Opuntia basilaris) in the Prickly Pears Database

Common names:
Give a thumbs up Beavertail Cactus
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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
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

photo by Stan Shebs

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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How does opuntia react to hard frosts by skopjecollection Jan 19, 2019 2:26 AM 19
Sharing the beauty!! by Jen1973 Jun 21, 2018 10:18 AM 8
Whats it like growing cacti/succulents in the ground? by skopjecollection Sep 25, 2018 12:59 PM 31
Sempervivum Chat & photos 2018 by CDsSister Apr 10, 2019 5:14 PM 3,385
Cactus and succulents chat by Baja_Costero Aug 16, 2019 4:34 PM 5,403
Early spring outdoor pics by a2b1c3 Feb 27, 2016 12:09 PM 7
Cactus and Succulent chat 2016 by gg5 Apr 11, 2017 11:52 AM 1,827
Opuntia basilaris var aurea by Bonehead Mar 16, 2015 9:38 PM 3
Creeping Beavertail (Opuntia aurea) by eclayne Jan 1, 2013 4:43 PM 5

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