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Opuntia phaeacantha

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Opuntia phaeacantha

Species Name: Opuntia phaeacantha
Common Name: Prickly Pear

Common cactus of dry, hot hillsides in desert areas; especially prevalent on overgrazed areas. Showy flower followed by juicy, maroon "prickly pear." Tasty -- but watch out for spines!

Plant Family: Cactaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 1-3' H x 4-5' W
Growth Habit: Low, spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Yellow to red
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Outer South Coast Range, San Bernadino Mts, Eastern Penisular Range, Sonoran Desert
Natural Habitat: Chaparral, Cactus Scrub, Coastal Sage Scrub from 150-6700'

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