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Opuntia polyacantha


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Description:
Native to dry areas of western North America (including Alberta and Saskatchewan) plains prickly pear forms a mat of spreading, prostrate, flattened pads. The one to four inch long pads have numerous yellow to reddish spines. In summer it produces large two to three inch wide golden yellow or magenta flowers followed by edible brownish fruit. Plant in full sun in sharply draining soil.


Common Name: Plains Prickly Pear

Family: Cactaceae (The Cactus Family)

Zone Hardiness: 3-10

Light: Full Sun

Height: 8-12"

Width: 12-24"

Primary Bloom Colour: Yellow

Secondary Bloom Colour: Magenta

Class: Evergreen

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Summer

Soil Moisture: Dry, Drought Tolerant

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: No

Berries: No

Benefits:

Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: Yes

Native Habitat: Dry prairies, sand hills and rocky places.

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Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - North America

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