erect prickly-pear cactus
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 2-3(5) ft Width: 1-4 ft
Flower Color: yellow
Fruit Color: red
Noted for: Showy flowers, showy fruits, thorns, interesting foliage
Recommended Uses: Makes an interesting wildflower. Can be used as a low-growing hedge in hot, dry locations.
Considerations: Thorns! The thorns on this plant make weeding around it difficult. Best planted where no one will be walking adjacent to the plant.
Propagation: Planting of fragments.
Salt Tolerance: Highly salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand
Attracts a variety of insect pollinators.
Native Habitats: Coastal dunes, coastal grasslands. This species can be seen at Honeymoon Island State Park in Pinellas County.
Distribution and Planting Zones
Map is based on minimum winter temperatures
Suitable to grow in:
Ethnobotany: Fruits and pads are edible.
Other Comments: Rarely grown but definitely worthy of consideration for hot dry locations where little else will grow.