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Prickly Pear

Not all cactuses are created the same. Look for easy-growing prickly pear in a wide variety of colors—as well thornless selections. These plants are a great choice for gardeners in high elevations; certain prickly pears are among the hardiest cactuses.

Plant Name: Opuntia selections

Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Size: To 5 feet tall and wide

Grow It With: Echeveria, another easy-care succulent, for a fun mix of color and texture

Zones: 5-11, depending on type

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