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PlantFiles: Opuntia
Opuntia salmiana

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Opuntia (op-UN-shee-a) (Info)
Species: salmiana (salm-ee-AH-na) (Info)

Synonym:Austrocylindropuntia salmiana
Synonym:Cylindropuntia salmiana
Synonym:Platyopuntia salmiana
Synonym:Opuntia spegazzinii
Synonym:Opuntia albiflora

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Cactus and Succulents

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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

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

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Pale Yellow
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

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
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

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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No positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Xenomorf On Jan 12, 2005, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Other synonyms include: Opuntia ipatiana, Austrocylindropuntia ipatiana.

Neutral palmbob On Apr 16, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

tubular highly branched shrubby cactus that can be a minature creeper to a bush up to 6' tall. Has lots of red prickly pear fruits- was an Opuntia until reclassified recently.


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

Phoenix, Arizona

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