Engelmann's Prickly Pear


Opuntia engelmannii 






Form: Cactus
Seasonality: Evergreen
Size: 6ft tall, spread to 15 ft
Leaves: Thick pads, oval or rounded, areoles 1-1.5in apart with spines at each; spines usually white or tan, sometimes reddish or brown
Flowers: Attractive, funnel-shaped yellow or orangey red flowers on perimeter of pads, to 3in across; bloom April to May
Fruit: Edible fleshy fruit, egg-shaped, 3in long 1in across; green ripening to purple; much loved by wildlife
Stems/Trunks: Forms woody stem at base,  spreading upright form
Range/Origin: Desert southwest US and Mexico
Hardiness: Sunset Zones; 2,3, 7-24, 10 degrees

Comments: Low litter, Medium thorns



  • Exposure: Full sun
  • Water: Low
  • Soil: Sandy, well drained
  • Propagation: Cuttings (pads)
  • Maintenance: Minimal


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