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Beavertail Prickly Pear

Beavertail Prickly Pear

Regular price $29.70 USD
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Plant Type: Cacti
Plant Height: 2-3 feet
Spread: 4-6 feet
Flower Color: pink, purple, or magenta
Sun Exposure: Full Sun


The Beavertail Prickly Pear, scientifically known as Opuntia basilaris, is a species of cactus native to the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. It's known for its distinctive flat, paddle-shaped pads and vibrant flowers.

Growing to about 2 to 3 feet in height, the Beavertail Prickly Pear tends to spread outwards, reaching approximately 4 to 6 feet wide. The cactus forms dense clumps of oval to round pads, which are blue-green and typically lack large spines, but are covered in tiny, hair-like glochids that can be irritating to the skin.

One of the most striking features of Opuntia basilaris is its flowers. In spring, the cactus produces large, showy blooms that are typically pink, purple, or magenta, creating a stunning contrast against the blue-green pads. The flowers are followed by dry, spiny fruits.

This prickly pear species thrives in full sun and requires well-draining soil. It is extremely drought-tolerant, making it an excellent choice for xeriscaping, rock gardens, and desert landscaping. The Beavertail Prickly Pear is also popular in native plant gardens and wildlife gardens, as its flowers attract pollinators and its fruits provide food for birds and other wildlife.

In addition to its ornamental use, the pads (nopales) of the Beavertail Prickly Pear are edible and used in various culinary dishes, although care must be taken to remove the glochids.

Overall, the Beavertail Prickly Pear is a low-maintenance and visually appealing cactus, perfect for adding a touch of desert beauty to any landscape. Its unique pad shape, colorful blooms, and drought tolerance make it a favorite among gardeners in arid regions.

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