Opuntia
Opuntia hondurensis

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

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

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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

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.