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Engleman's Prickly Pear

Engleman's Prickly Pear

Regular price $29.70 USD
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Plant Type: Cacti
Plant Height: 1-3 feet
Spread: 3-5 feet
Flower Color: yellow
Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade


Engelmann's Prickly Pear, scientifically known as Opuntia engelmannii, is a common and widespread species of prickly pear cactus native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. This species is known for its broad, flat pads and vibrant yellow flowers.

Typically, Engelmann's Prickly Pear grows to about 1 to 3 feet in height and spreads 3 to 5 feet wide. The cactus forms clumps of large, flat, fleshy pads that are green to blue-green in color. These pads are covered in clusters of spines as well as tiny, hair-like glochids that can be irritating to the skin.

One of the most attractive features of this cactus is its flowers. In late spring and early summer, Engelmann's Prickly Pear produces large, showy yellow flowers, which sometimes have red or orange centers. These flowers are followed by purple to reddish, fleshy fruits that are edible and often used in traditional dishes in their native range.

Engelmann's Prickly Pear prefers full sun but can tolerate some partial shade. It thrives in well-draining soil and is highly drought-tolerant, making it an excellent choice for xeriscaping, rock gardens, and desert landscaping. The plant is also cold-hardy, capable of withstanding freezing temperatures better than many other cactus species.

In landscaping, Engelmann's Prickly Pear is valued for its ease of care, structural form, and striking yellow blooms. It can be used as a ground cover, a standalone specimen, or as part of a mixed cactus and succulent garden.

Overall, Engelmann's Prickly Pear is a versatile and low-maintenance plant, perfect for adding a touch of southwestern charm to any garden. Its broad pads, bright flowers, and edible fruits make it a favorite among gardeners and cactus enthusiasts alike.

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