Polka Dot Prickly Pear

Opuntia microdasys 'Albispina'

SKU
03491
Tiny white contrasting spines cover the green pads, resembling polka dots. Yellow flowers, easy care and unique architectural form make this a valuable specimen, patio container subject or security barrier. The fine spines are light to the touch, but use care, as they can become a skin irritant. Evergreen.
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Once established, needs only occasional watering.

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LorePrickly 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 MaturityMounding, segmented cactus 3 to 4 ft. tall, 4 to 5 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeLate spring to early summer
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorGreen
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseContainer, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Houseplant, Poolside
Light NeedsFull sun
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce 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.

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