Large 3-4 inch wide lemon yellow flowers from May through August are very showy, this plant has no true leaves but consists of large flat oval pads which bear both fierce 1 inch sharp spines as well as small clusters of equally fierce short hair-like barbed spines, in late summer the barrel-shaped fruits turn reddish-purple & edible (if you know how to get around the spines!), well-drained soil is a must, salt tolerant. Please note: for best shipping results, our Prickly Pear Cactus is shipped bare root.
up to 1.5 foot tall
Plant Hardiness Zones: 4b-10b
Native Range: MA to se. MN & MT, south to FL & e. TX. Rare in CT, NY, PA & MA
Germination - Moderately Difficult: Physically scarify, then soak 1 week, then Cold Stratify 9 weeks
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