Engelmann's Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia engelmannii) in the Prickly Pears Database

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Opuntia engelmannii Accepted
Opuntia x subarmata Synonym
Opuntia cantabrigiensis Synonym
Opuntia rastrera Synonym
Opuntia subarmata Synonym
Opuntia neochrysacantha Synonym
Opuntia bensonii Synonym

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


April Plants for Honey BeesApril Plants for Honey Bees
By Mindy03 on April 3, 2012

April is here and beekeepers will be kept busy trying to keep up with their bees' need for extra room to store the bounty collected from the blossoms they visited. April also marks the start of swarm season, so beekeepers will be keeping an eye out for swarms to catch; or they'll be trying to keep them from swarming by making splits.

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Mar 23, 2012 2:35 PM

Honey bees get nectar, pollen and honeydew from this plant. The honey is light amber in color.

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