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Opuntia fragilis 'Texada Island Form'


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Opuntia fragilis 'Texada Island Form' is a robust form with quite large pads with few thorns.


Description:
Fragile prickly pear (Opuntia fragilis) is widespread across western North America and occurs in all Canadian provinces from Ontario west plus the western half of the US. It has small pads that can be cylindrical (usually in the BC interior) or larger and somewhat flattened (BC coastal forms). The pads can be upright or prostrate. In summer they produce bright yellow cactus flowers. This is the most northerly of all cactus species occurring only 8 degrees of latitude south of the Arctic Circle in Alberta. Plant in full sun in sharply draining soil. 'Texada Island Form' was collected on this large island in the Straight of Georgia. It forms robust plants of quite large pads with few thorns. Coastal forms may not be quite as hardy as forms collected in cold climates.


Common Name: Brittle Prickly Pear

Family: Cactaceae (The Cactus Family)

Zone Hardiness: 3-9

Light: Full Sun

Height: 4-8"

Width: 8-12"

Primary Bloom Colour: Yellow

Secondary Bloom Colour: Orange

Class: Evergreen

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Summer

Soil Moisture: Dry, Drought Tolerant

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: No

Berries: No

Benefits: Bees

Deer Resistant: Yes

BC Native: Yes

Native Habitat: Dry prairies, sandhills and rocks.

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Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - North America

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