Consolea corallicola

Photo by Roger Hammer. Photograph belongs to the photographer who allows use for FNPS purposes only. Please contact the photographer for all other uses.

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10B 11 

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Semaphore Pricklypear, Semaphore Cactus


Also known as Opuntia corallicola

Plant Specifics

Size:4-10 ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Red
Fruit Color:Red
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.


Recommended Uses:Specimen plant
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Short very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of occasional/brief inundation such as can occur in storm surges.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil/Substrate:Lime rock


Consolea corallicola has extremely low genetic diversity as the only two natural populations are clones (both functionally male).  Currently propagated by planting pads.