Polka Dot Prickly Pear
Opuntia microdasys 'Albispina'
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
We no longer grow this plant
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|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.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Mounding, segmented cactus 3 to 4 ft. tall, 4 to 5 ft. wide.|
|Bloom Time||Late spring to early summer|
|Flower Attribute||Showy Flowers|
|Landscape Use||Container, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Houseplant, Poolside|
|Light Needs||Full sun|
|Special Feature||Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest|
|Watering Needs||Once established, needs only occasional watering.|
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 8 - 11