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PlantFiles: Opuntia
Opuntia hondurensis

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

One member has or wants this plant for trade.

Category:
Cactus and Succulents

Height:
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Spacing:
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Hardiness:
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:
Red

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
From semi-hardwood 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

Profile:

1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive Peterthecactusguy On Sep 15, 2012, Peterthecactusguy from Black Canyon City, AZ wrote:

I bought this plant from Desert Botanical Garden during one of their plant sales. My plant has not bloomed yet but I have seen a picture of one in habitat. Flowers appear to be sort of like Nopalea flowers, and in fact that is the name it came with from DBG.. Nopalea hondurensis. It was apparently moved over to Opuntia.. whatever the case it's a neat plant with reddish spines, and elongated oval pads that are quite different looking than the natives ones around here in AZ. My plant at the moment is in a pot. It also has glochids like most Opuntiads have.

Neutral Xenomorf On Dec 1, 2004, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Found naturally in Honduras. The fruit and flowers have not been officially described.



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