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Opuntia engelmannii (Engelmann’s Prickly Pear)

Opuntia engelmannii
Engelmann Prickly Pear, Cactus Apple

This native of the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico forms large sage green pads with clusters of brown glochids and occasional long spines. Showy orange or yellow flowers in the spring are followed by rosy-red fruit. Plant in full sun to part shade, well-drained soils, and allow plenty of room for development. Birds feast on the fruit and nest among the pads.

Plant Type Native, Cactus / Succulent
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Water Needs Low
Hardiness Zone Zone 8 (10° F)
Flower Color Orange
Flower Season Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Growth Rate Moderate, Slow
Height 3' - 6' (ft)
Spread 3' - 6' (ft)
Spacing 3' - 6' (ft)
Characteristics Showy
Attracts Birds, Hummingbirds
Maintenance Low
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
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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