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Opuntia pilifera

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Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Opuntia (op-UN-shee-a) (Info)
Species: pilifera (py-LIF-er-uh) (Info)

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Category:
Edible Fruits and Nuts
Cactus and Succulents

Height:
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Spacing:
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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)
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:
Rose/Mauve
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

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
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:

1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive DMersh On Oct 25, 2009, DMersh from Perth
United Kingdom (Zone 7b) wrote:

One of the spiniest of the large growing opuntias, makes a spectacular container plant. Limited tolerance of frost in my experience, I've had these suffer cold damage and subsequent rotting more than once when exposed to too much frost (in the UK), I suspect they prefer very low humidity. Very drought resistant.

Neutral Xenomorf On Dec 4, 2004, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

The flowers range from rose to a red-purple.
The fruit is very edible.

Regional...

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

Phoenix, Arizona



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