Opuntia fragilis 'Dwarf Golden' has small 1/2" pads with golden glochids & spines and yellow flowers.
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. 'Dwarf Golden' was collected by Panayoti Kelaidis. It has small half inch pads with golden glochids and spines and lemon yellow flowers that lighten to pale yellow. Hardy to at least zone 4, possibly 3.
Common Name: Brittle Prickly Pear
Family: Cactaceae (The Cactus Family)
Zone Hardiness: 3-9
Light: Full Sun
Height: under 4"
Primary Bloom Colour: Yellow
Secondary Bloom Colour: White/Cream
Bloom Time: Summer
Soil Moisture: Dry, Drought Tolerant
Deer Resistant: Yes
BC Native: Yes
Native Habitat: Dry prairies, sandhills and rocks.
Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - North America
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