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Prickly pear

Opuntia cochenillifera

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Tender

H1c

RHS hardiness

5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

4m

Max

1m

2m

Min

1m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Prickly pear Overview

A tree-like or shrubby cacti with elliptic to obovate, glossy dark green flat segments. Flowers are narrowly funnel-shaped and bright red in late spring to summer followed by fleshy red fruits.

How to propagate Prickly pear

Cuttings

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

Seed