Cactus Hardy Prickly Pear

Prickly Pear Hardy Cactus aka Nopal

Opuntia tuna

A large padded prickly pear native cactus with yellow, similar to rose, spring flowers. Fruits ripen Oct-Nov in Zone 7 and can be harvested well into the winter. Plant spreads to make a clump. Medium sized red fruit 3" long. Remove small thorns from skin of fruit before handling or eating. Handle with barbeque tongs when planting. De-thorned pads are also used as a vegetable. For cactus "string beans", cut pads in long strips and grill or saute. Fruit pulp is an excellent addition to fruit salads, lending its intense red color as well as flavor. A less care four season ornamental. Space 6' circle Zones 7-9 Zone 6 plant out of the winter prevailing wind

Plant Characteristics
Pest ResistanceExcellent
Disease ResistanceExcellent
Drought ToleranceExcellent
Heat ToleranceExcellent
Humidity ToleranceExcellent
Sun ToleranceExcellent
Wet Soil TolerancePoor
Shade TolerancePoor
No SprayExcellent
Salt ToleranceGood
Deer ResistanceVery Good
Soil TypeWell Drained
Edible TypeFruit
Self FertileYes
This information is accurate to the best of our knowledge, comments/opinions are always welcome
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