Opuntia corallicola

Florida semaphore cactus

Cactaceae

Synonyms:  Opuntia spinosissima

wildlife plant  


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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 4-10 ft
Flower Color: flower color      red
Fruit Color: fruit color      red
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Showy flowers, showy fruits, hurricane wind resistance, thorns, interesting foliage

Landscaping

Recommended Uses: Specimen plant
Considerations: Distinctly thorny. Will need protection from invasive cactus moth.
Propagation: Plant segments (pads) of existing plant.
Availability: FNPS plant sales, Specialty providers
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
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Salt Tolerance: Moderately salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Lime rock
Soil pH Range: Calcareous (high pH)

Ecology

Wildlife:
wildlife plant  
Pollinated by bees.
Native Habitats: Tropical rockland hammock, coastal rock barren, freshwater tidal swamp and inland margins of mangrove swamp. Photographs are of specimens planted at Fairchild Botanical Gardens.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range

USDA Zones:

Map is based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:
   

Other

Other Comments: This is a rare Florida plant. Please acquire only from a reputable source.