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Opuntia basilaris (Beavertail Prickly Pear)

Opuntia basilaris
Beavertail Prickly Pear, Beavertail Cactus

This cactus is indigenous to the Sonoran, Chihuahuan and Mojave deserts. The blue-gray pads are dotted with clusters of brown glochids (tiny spines). Large hot pink flowers are produced in clusters on top of the pads. Flowering occurs between March and June. Dry, green pear-like fruits follow the flowers. Plant in full sun and well-drained soils.

Plant Type Native, Cactus / Succulent
Exposure Full Sun
Water Needs Low
Hardiness Zone Zone 7 (0° F)
Flower Color Pink
Flower Season Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Growth Rate Slow
Height 6" - 12" (in)
Spread 2' - 4' (ft)
Spacing 2' - 4' (ft)
Characteristics Showy
Attracts Birds, Hummingbirds, Pollinators
Maintenance Low
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Rabbit, Rocky Soil
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil PH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Image by: MSWN
Image by: MSWN
Image by: MSWN

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