Opuntia Species, Prickly Pear Cactus

Opuntia hondurensis

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


Cactus and Succulents

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


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


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

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:


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:


On Jun 3, 2016, Cactuspatchman from Mexico City,
Mexico wrote:

I recently took a road trip along Central America Hwy 23 between Yoro and Olanchito (into the Aguan River Valley) in the Department of Yoro) looking for the very limited Honduran endemic Stenocereus yunckeri, which abounds there by the way along with Pilosocereus maxonii (I do not totally accept the grouping of this beautiful celeste blue skin with P. leucocephalus, the latter which I believe really is just limited to Mexico). In any case, I came across what I believed to be O. hondurensis from several authors, but there seems to be some confusion as to whether or not O. hondurensis might be one in the same with Nopalea ("Opuntia") lutea, which does abound in central to southern Honduras (Comayagua-Tegucigalpa-Oropoli Valley) and into northern Nicaragua. I have specimens of N. lutea grow... read more


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.


On Dec 1, 2004, Xenomorf from Phoenix, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

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