• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow grower to 8 in. tall, spreading to 24 in. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Waterwise
    Blooms:
    Spring
  • Detail
    Plant type:Cactus/Succulent
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Mounding
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow grower to 8 in. tall, spreading to 24 in. wide.
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:Pink
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleContemporary, Rustic
    Companion PlantsAloe (Aloe); Red Yucca (Hesperaloe); Hens & Chicks (Sempervivum); Sedum (Sedum); Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide average to lean, well-drained soil. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system, allowing the soil to become fairly dry between watering intervals. Avoid excess winter moisture. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer in spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    Lore:
    Prickly pear cactus has been a staple of the Mexican and Central American diet for thousands of years. In parts of the U.S. it has been gaining popularity as an exotic, gourmet and healthy addition to one's diet. The prickly pear plant has three different edible sections: the pad of the cactus (nopal), which can be treated like a vegetable, the petals of the flowers, which can be added to salads, and the pear (tuna), which can be treated like a fruit.