Cow’s Tongue Pricklypear (Opuntia engelmannii var. linguiformis) in the Prickly Pears Database

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Plant Height: 6 to 10 feet
Leaves: Other: Leaves present only on emerging growth. They are replaced by spines (modified leaves) on mature growth.
Fruit: Showy
Indehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
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
Layering
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

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Posted by valleylynn (Dallas, OR - Zone 8b) on Apr 20, 2012 4:22 PM

This Opuntia was found native to a limited area in Bexar County, Texas. First described by Griffiths in 1908. The location was documented by Del Weniger as being just south of the town of China Grove and Sayers, Texas. This particular Opuntia has been widely accepted and now grows in many areas outside the original range.

Found: Lower Elevations of the Sonoran Desert of Arizona and California. Also Sonora, Mexico. On sandy desert, and gravel slopes in the deserts and grass lands.
Elevation: 0 - 3000 Feet.
Habitat: On sandy desert, and gravel slopes in the deserts and grass lands. Common landscape plant.
Miscellaneous: Flowering Photos Taken May 3, 2005 In phoenix.

Leaves are up to 2' in length looking like a cow's tongue.
Fruit: Large red edible fruit in late summer..

Cactus thorns are modified leaves. Their shape conserves water and adds protection to the cactus plant.

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