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Opuntia polyacantha 'Imnaha Blue'


Opuntia polyacantha 'Imnaha Blue' has nearly spineless, grey-blue pads and soft yellow flowers.

Plains prickly pear (Opuntia polyacantha) is found from the Canadian prairies south to northern Mexico. 'Imnaha Blue' was discovered by our friend Sean Hogan of Cistus Nursery in Imnaha Canyon, Oregon trailing several feet down a cliff. It has nearly spineless, grey-blue pads and soft yellow flowers. Growth habit is 4 to 12 inches tall and a few feet wide. Polycantha means 'many thorns'. Plant in full sun in sharp draining soil.

Common Name: Plains Prickly Pear

Family: Cactaceae (The Cactus Family)

Zone Hardiness: 4-10

Light: Full Sun, Part Shade

Height: 8-12"

Width: 2-3'

Primary Bloom Colour: Yellow

Secondary Bloom Colour: Yellow

Class: Evergreen

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Spring - Summer

Soil Moisture: Dry, Drought Tolerant

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: No

Berries: Yes

Berries: Purple

Benefits: Bees

Deer Resistant: Yes

BC Native: Yes

Native Habitat: From the Canadian prairies and Great Plains of the US through the Western US to the Chihuahua Desert of northern Mexico in a wide range of habitat types.


Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - North America

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