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Opuntia gomei ‘Old Mexico’ (Old Mexico Prickly Pear)

Opuntia gomei 'Old Mexico'
Old Mexico Prickly Pear

Opuntia sp. 'Old Mexico' appears to be a spineless selection of Opuntia gomei, a native just barely to the southernmost coast of Texas and more abundantly in Mexico down into Tamaulipas. The cultivar name comes from Helen Wynans, a cactus dealer in Brownsville in the 1970's and 80's. This spineless form is very tolerant of heat and sun, but will also grow well in partial shade. The pads have an undulating, way edge that is quite attractive. Yellow blooms are produced in the late spring and early summer. This plant will perform well in the ground or also in containers.

Plant Type Native, Cactus / Succulent
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Water Needs Average
Hardiness Zone Zone 8 (10° F)
Flower Color Yellow
Flower Season Late Spring, Early Summer
Growth Rate Moderate
Height 5 (ft)
Spread 8 (ft)
Spacing 5' - 10' (ft)
Characteristics Showy
Attracts Wildlife
Maintenance Low
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Tolerance Heat
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Image by: MSWN
Image by: MSWN
Image by: MSWN

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