Mojave Prickly Pear (Opuntia phaeacantha) in the Prickly Pears Database

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Botanical names:
Opuntia phaeacantha Accepted
Opuntia phaeacantha var. mojavensis Synonym
Opuntia chihuahuensis Synonym
Opuntia phaeacantha var. nigricans Synonym
Opuntia phaeacantha var. superbospina Synonym
Opuntia laevis Synonym
Opuntia superbospina Synonym
Opuntia azurea Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Dry
Leaves: Needled
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Showy
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Fruit
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
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

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Location: New York Botanical Gardens Bronx NYDate: late April 2014
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Location: Canby, ORDate: 2017-08-09
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Location: Longwood Gardens, PADate: 2016-06-08
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Location: New York Botanical Gardens Bronx NYDate: April 2014
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Location: New York Botanical Gardens Bronx NYDate: late April 2014About to burst into full bloom.
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Location: Longwood Gardens, PADate: 2016-06-08
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Location: Missouri Botanical Garden, St LouisDate: 2018-03-31
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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