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PlantFiles: Opuntia
Opuntia cacanapa

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Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Opuntia (op-UN-shee-a) (Info)
Species: cacanapa

Synonym:Opuntia tricolor

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Category:
Cactus and Succulents

Height:
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:
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)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
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

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

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Deciduous
Succulent

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:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive beckstrommarc On Sep 11, 2010, beckstrommarc from Livermore, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Opuntia cacanapa 'Tiger tongue Prickly Pear'

Neutral Xenomorf On Jul 31, 2009, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Originally described by Griffiths & Hare 1906, strangely Andersons compendium "The Cactus Family" does not list it, but I still think Anderson did a great job listing most of the Opuntia's. The cultivar of this species 'Ellisiana' is a garden cultivar with narrower pads and no spines and no glochids to speak of.
Opuntia cacanapa is found in nature on limestone outcroppings & steap slopes.
Ranging from the east edge of the Chihuahuan Desert to the Gulf Coast, and from Sanderson & Fort Stockton in TX to about Pachuca in Mexico. The further north you go in that range, the more they start looking like the 'Ellisiana' cultivar, but not quite exactly the same.

Regional...

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

Anniston, Alabama
Phoenix, Arizona
Livermore, California



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