General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Showy
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
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

Common names
  • Engelmann's Prickly Pear Cactus
  • Cow Tongue Prickly Pear
  • Texas Prickly Pear Cactus
  • Cactus Apple
  • Prickly Pear
  • Discus Prickly Pear
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Opuntia engelmannii
  • Synonym: Opuntia x subarmata
  • Synonym: Opuntia bensonii
  • Synonym: Opuntia neochrysacantha
  • Synonym: Opuntia subarmata
  • Synonym: Opuntia cantabrigiensis

Photo Gallery
Location: Botanical Garden of Barcelona
Date: 2019-04-22
Location: Botanical garden of Barcelona (Spain)
Date: 2022-04-16
Location: Botanical Garden of Berlin
Date: 2012-03-15
Location: Botanical Garden of Würzburg
Date: 2011-03-31
Location: Botanical Garden Barcelona (Spain)
Date: 2017-06-11
Location: Springs Preserve garden in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Date: May
photo by Stan Shebs
Location: Botanical garden of Barcelona (Spain)
Date: 2022-04-16
Location: Canoga Park, California
Date: 2008-04-27
Location: Canoga Park, California
Date: 2009-09-26
Location: north central Texas
Date: 2011-09-30
Location: Botanical Garden Barcelona (Spain)
Date: 2017-06-11
Location: Pappy Elkins Park.
Date: Summer 2010
The color of thiese flowers is amamzing.
Uploaded by jamesicus
  • Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Mar 23, 2012 2:35 PM concerning plant:
    Honey bees get nectar, pollen and honeydew from this plant. The honey is light amber in color.

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