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Prickly pear

Opuntia humifusa

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Full Sun
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H4

RHS hardiness

-10°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

20cm

Max

1m

10cm

Min

1m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Prickly pear Overview

This is a prickly pear cactus, The large fleshy pads of this perennial are covered with long, sharp spines mainly at their edges. The plant forms a compact clump, The flowers are rich yellow and the blooms are about 2-3 inches across. Be careful of the spines and sharp, reddish-brown hairs when handling this perennial.

Common problems with Prickly pear

How to propagate Prickly pear

Cuttings

You can propagate by seeds or stem cuttings in spring or summer.

Seed

Other uses of Prickly pear

Culinary, border, ornamental