Opuntia fragilis (Brittle Prickly Pear)


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Plant Description: Cold hardy, mat forming cactus with yellow-orange. Best in dry berms, rock gardens, or pots with little moisture. Flowers in yellow to peach-pink. Opuntia pads and fruit are edible.  *NEVER CONSUME PLANTS WITHOUT PROPER ID*

  • Height: 3"-1 ft
  • Width: 1-3 ft
  • Watering needs: dry, drought tolerants
  • Sun needs: full sun
  • Soil needs: dry
  • Bloom Time: summer
  • Portland Plant List (Backyard Habitat Certification): No

Landscape Use and Ecological Function: Brittle Prickly Pear grows in harsh conditions where soil is dry and may be low in nutrients. Commonly associated with Ceanothus species, junpers, sagebrush, and sedums. Makes a great addition for xerascapes and rock gardens where moisture is very low. 


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