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Pereskiopsis porteri

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pereskiopsis (per-ess-kee-OP-sis) (Info)
Species: porteri

Synonym:Opuntia porteri
Synonym:Opuntia rotundifolia
Synonym:Opuntia brandegeei
Synonym:Pereskiopsis brandegeei

5 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive BajaBlue On Sep 15, 2009, BajaBlue from Rancho Santa Rita, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

The fruits of this cactus strongly resemble in appearance the fruit
of the prickly pear. Both have the texture of watemelon flesh and both are very seedy throughout the fruit.

The mian difference is that prickly pear (opuntia) ripe fruits are sweet. Bit the fruit of this species (both plant and fruit are called xoconostle in Spanish) is savory, not sweet.

The xocobostle is eaten by being cooked in a soup such as in a chicken and vegetable soup or a beef and vegetable soup.

Correct pronunciation is ho co NOS tle.

Positive promethean_spar On Oct 31, 2006, promethean_spar from Union City, CA wrote:

I ordered this because it's the only pereskiopsis that was available when I made a seed and plant order, appearantly some folk in europe swear by this species for grafting. I got a pretty sad looking 4-5" twig, but it rooted and puffed up after about 10 days and had multiple new growth tips an inch long after 3 weeks. It's definitely the fastest cactus I've yet dealt with, and look forward to grafting experiments with it.

Conditions are a 70-85' propagator with 24 hour artificial lighting. I doubt it would have taken off so quickly on a 60' windowsill.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Columbus, Ohio

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