Prickly Pear (Opuntia polyacantha) in the Prickly Pears Database

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Botanical names:
Opuntia polyacantha Accepted
Opuntia heacockiae Synonym
Opuntia arenaria Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Dry
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
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
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: White Mountains, near Big Pine, CADate: 2018-08-08
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Location: Hyrum, UtahOpuntia Polyacantha
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Location: Smith College Botanical GardenDate: 2011-09-17
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Location: Hyrum UtahOpuntia polyacantha in bloom
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Today's Ride by Henderman Jun 8, 2019 10:22 PM 1
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