• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate to slow growing to 4 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Vivid Winter Color
    Blooms:
    Late Spring to Early Summer
  • Detail
    Plant type:Cactus/Succulent
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Columnar
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate to slow growing to 4 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Late Spring to Early Summer
    Flower color:Yellow
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleMediterranean, Rustic
    Companion PlantsAgave (Agave); Hens & Chicks (Sempervivum); Sedum (Sedum); Red Yucca (Hesperaloe); Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide a site with loose, well-drained soil. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season, approximately twice per month in summer, once per month or less often during winter. Drought tolerant once established.
    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.