Prickly Pear


This classic, easy-to-grow native cactus is extremely hardy and can be grown even in regions of central Canada. The hardiest include plains prickly pear, Opuntia polyacantha (to Zone 3); hardy prickly pear, Opuntia compressa or Opuntia humifusa, to Zone 4; and walking-stick cactus, Opuntia imbricata (to Zone 6). Blooms orange, yellow, pink, or purple in spring. Combines well with grasses, succulents, and conifers.


3 to 11

Soil and Light

Likes average but extremely well-drained soil; sandy or gravelly soil a plus. Full sun.


Plant established plants in spring in all zones or in fall in Zones 8 to 11.

Special Helps

Good for containers in regions where temperatures usually stay above 20 degrees F.


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