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Indian Fig Prickly Pear

Indian Fig Prickly Pear

Regular price $29.70 USD
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Plant Type: Cacti
Plant Height: 4-5 feet
Spread: 5-10 feet
Flower Color: yellow to orange
Sun Exposure: Full Sun


The Indian Fig Prickly Pear, scientifically known as Opuntia ficus-indica, is a large species of prickly pear cactus that is widely cultivated for both its edible fruits and pads. Originally from Mexico, this cactus has been introduced to various arid and semi-arid regions around the world.

This plant typically grows to about 4 to 5 feet in height, but it can grow larger, especially when given room to spread. The Indian Fig Prickly Pear is characterized by its large, flat, green pads that are covered with small, hair-like spines called glochids. These spines can be irritating to the skin, so caution is advised when handling the plant.

One of the most appealing aspects of Opuntia ficus-indica is its flowers. The cactus produces large, showy blooms that are typically yellow to orange. The flowers usually bloom in late spring to early summer and are followed by edible fruits known as "tunas." These fruits are sweet and can be eaten raw or used in various dishes and beverages.

The Indian Fig Prickly Pear thrives in full sun and well-draining soil. It is drought-tolerant and requires minimal watering, making it a great choice for xeriscaping and desert landscaping. In addition to its use in gardens, the pads (nopales) are commonly harvested as a vegetable and are a staple in Mexican cuisine.

In landscaping, this cactus is used for its architectural form, as well as for hedges or barriers. It can also be a striking addition to rock gardens or cactus gardens.

Overall, the Indian Fig Prickly Pear is a versatile and low-maintenance plant, ideal for adding a touch of the exotic to gardens. Its edible fruits and pads, large size, and showy blooms make it a valuable plant both for culinary uses and ornamental purposes.

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