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Giant Prickly Pear

Giant Prickly Pear

Regular price $29.70 USD
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Plant Type: Cacti
Plant Height: 10-15 feet
Spread: 6-10 feet
Flower Color: yellow
Sun Exposure: Full Sun


The Giant Prickly Pear, scientifically known as Opuntia robusta, is a large species of prickly pear cactus native to central and northern Mexico. This cactus is renowned for its size, with the ability to grow into a substantial, tree-like structure.

The Giant Prickly Pear can reach impressive heights of 10 to 15 feet and spread 6 to 10 feet wide, making it one of the largest species in the Opuntia genus. It features large, thick, and fleshy pads that are blue-green in color. The pads are covered with clusters of small spines and tiny, hair-like glochids, which can be irritating to the skin.

One of the highlights of this cactus is its yellow flowers, which bloom in late spring and early summer. The flowers are followed by large, edible fruits that are purple when ripe. These fruits are known for their sweet taste and can be eaten raw or used in various culinary dishes.

The Giant Prickly Pear thrives in full sun and requires well-draining soil. It is highly drought-tolerant and can survive with minimal water, making it a popular choice for xeriscaping and desert landscaping. Due to its large size, this cactus is best suited for spacious outdoor areas where it can grow without constraints.

In landscaping, the Giant Prickly Pear is used for its architectural form and as a focal point in large gardens. It can also be used as a natural barrier or privacy screen. Despite its spines, the cactus is relatively low-maintenance and is an excellent choice for adding a dramatic and exotic touch to landscapes.

Overall, the Giant Prickly Pear is a majestic and striking plant, ideal for those looking to make a bold statement in their garden. Its impressive size, attractive pads, and vibrant flowers make it a standout addition to any large outdoor space.

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