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Opuntia engelmannii var. linguiformis

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Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Opuntia (op-UN-shee-a) (Info)
Species: engelmannii var. linguiformis

Synonym:Opuntia linguiformis

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Category:
Cactus and Succulents

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

Spacing:
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
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

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

Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Deciduous
Succulent

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:
Non-patented

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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Profile:

3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive Menk On Nov 19, 2009, Menk from Darling Downs
Australia wrote:

Does this plant ever produce seed? There is some suggestion that it is a self-sterile clone. At least I have never seen seed advertised.

A word of warning, there are some imposters out there pretending to be this species. There is for example a "cow tongue" form of Opuntia ficus-indica which is a giant by comparison with lindheimeri var. linguiformis. There is also an elongated form of microdasys (var. linguiformis) which can be mistaken for lindheimeri var. linguiformis, especially in the shrivelled state. This plant grows on dry hills in Mexico, and looks nothing like the "bunny ears" forms that we are all familiar with in cultivation. It has greatly elongated segments and rather sparse glochids. It grows much smaller than lindheimeri var. linguiformis and has pale greenish-yellow segments.

Positive aw12345 On Jul 9, 2006, aw12345 from Ontario, CA wrote:

Love this plant roots very easily and grows moderately fast
We stuck some cut branches from an old big plant in the ground in early may and they have rooted and grown very happily since . We broke of some pads and they all rooted and some even flowered.

Positive palmbob On Jun 9, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Very attractive pale blue-green plant densely packed with long, sort of pointed, flat pads and prickly pears. From Texas.

Regional...

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

Glencoe, Alabama
Saks, Alabama
Kingman, Arizona
Mesa, Arizona
Peoria, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Picture Rocks, Arizona
Acton, California
Ontario, California
San Marino, California
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Wister, Oklahoma
El Paso, Texas
Kerrville, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
San Leanna, Texas
Seattle, Washington



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