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Opuntia oricula

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Opuntia oricula

Species Name: Opuntia oricola
Common Name: Chaparral Pricky Pear

Native cactus with Orange-Reddish blooms! Recommended for coastal succulent gardens. Provides impenetrable barrier on slopes and along fence lines.

Plant Family: Cactaceae
Plant Type: Cactus
Height by Width: 6' H x 4' W
Growth Habit: Upright, multi-branched
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining, rocky
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to infrequent
Cold Hardy to: 35 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: Orange/Yellow/Red
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: South Coast, Channel Islands, Western Transverse Range, Western Peninsular Ranges, Baja
Natural Habitat: Coastal sage scrub, chaparral from 1200-1500'

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