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Prickly Pear Cactus

Botanical Name
Opuntia compressa
Min Zone
5
Max Zone
10
Height
8 to 12 inches
Width
12 to 18 inches
Flowers
Early summer: yellow
Fruit
Dark red 1 inch, oblong
Light
Full sun
Soil
Well-drained, dry
Planting & Care
  • New plants can be propogated by placing the pads in moist sand
  • Be carefull when gardening around these plants as the thin, reddish-brown hairs found in bundles along the surface can easily become loged in the skin
  • Plants will become shriveled and begin to lie down as the plants withdraw water in preparation for winter
Problems
None serious

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