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Prickly pear cactus

Opuntia

A wonderfully diverse group of plants, prickly pear cacti include some of the few hardy species for cold-climate gardeners. The plants are known for their spiny, paddle-shape leaves and colorful summertime cup-shape flowers. Most types grow best in full sun and gravelly, well-drained soil.

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Under 6 inches to 8 feet

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To 6 feet wide

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7-10

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more varieties for Prickly pear cactus

Bunny ears cactus
Bunny ears cactus
Opuntia microdasys is native to the North American Southwest and shows off red new growth that matures to dark green pads. Cheery yellow flowers appear in early summer. It grows 3 feet tall and 5 feet wide. Zones 9-10
'Pink' prickly pear
'Pink' prickly pear
Opuntia compressa 'Pink' is a hardy, easy-growing selection that offers bold pink flowers in summer. It grows 12 inches tall and 18 inches wide. Zones 4-9
Prickly pear
Prickly pear
Opuntia compressa, also called O. humifisa, is a North American species that offers golden-yellow flowers in summer. The red fruits are edible. It grows 12 inches tall and 18 inches wide. Zones 4-9
Spineless prickly pear
Spineless prickly pear
Opuntia ellisiana is a North American native that bears yellow (rarely pink, orange, or red) flowers and tiny, hidden spines. It grows 3 feet tall and 6 feet wide. Zones 7-10

plant Prickly pear cactus with

Pine muhly
Most muhlygrasses are high on drama, offering their beautiful floral display to dryland gardens. They have a soft, airy appearance that is welcome among agaves and other rough-texture plants that permeate low-water gardens. Pine muhly, in particular, grows best in fast-draining soil that is low in nutrients -- a sandy soil is perfect. Avoid heavy clay and wet locations.
Sotol
A magnificently sculptural plant for the desert garden, sotol has striking straplike blue-green leaves that make it look a bit like yucca or agave. The evergreen foliage is thin like an ornamental grass and has a pleasing fine texture year-round. Plant it where the sun can shine through the leaves in early morning or late evening, highlighting the plant's pretty silhouette. Sotol grows best in full sun and gravelly, sandy soil. Once established, it has good cold tolerance, but be sure to give it extra protection during the first winter after planting.
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