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PlantFiles: Big Bend Prickly Pear
Grusonia aggeria

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Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Grusonia (gru-SON-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: aggeria

Synonym:Opuntia aggeria

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Category:
Cactus and Succulents

Height:
under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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)

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:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Deciduous
Succulent

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

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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No positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral frostweed On Sep 8, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Big Bend Prickly Pear Grusonia aggeria, is Endemic to Texas.

Neutral Xenomorf On Nov 11, 2004, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is a low lying & clumping cholla. It was recently reclassified as Grusonia genus, but still retains the old common name of Prickly Pear. Looks more like a cholla than a prickly pear (to me).

Regional...

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

Chandler, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona



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