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PlantFiles: Alfilerillo, Patilón
Pereskiopsis spathulata

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pereskiopsis (per-ess-kee-OP-sis) (Info)
Species: spathulata (spath-yoo-LAY-tuh) (Info)

Synonym:Pereskia spathulata
Synonym:Pereskia higuerana
Synonym:Rhodocactus higueranus
Synonym:Opuntia spathulata

14 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 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:

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
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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By Kada
Thumbnail #1 of Pereskiopsis spathulata by Kada


1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Kada On Sep 23, 2007, Kada from Southern
Taiwan wrote:

It says bloom colour is red, but i am fairly certain this specie doesn't bloom...correct me if i am wrong! i have never heard of a flower, and none of mine have ever flowered.

This is usually used to graft seedlings of other cacti.


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

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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