Botanical Name: Opuntia ficus-indica
 Common Name: Indian Fig
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Cactus

 

Height Range

6-12'

 

Flower Color

Orange, Yellow

 

Flower Season

Spring

 

Leaf Color

Green

 

Bark Color

 

Fruit Color

Purple, Red, Yellow

 

Fruit Season

Summer, Fall

Sun

Full

 

Water

Very Low

 

Growth Rate

Moderate

 

Soil Type

Sandy, Rocky

 

Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained

 

Soil pH

Neutral, Basic

 

Adverse Factors

Design Styles

Ranch, Spanish, Wild Garden

 

Accenting Features

Showy Flowers, Unusual Shape

 

Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer

 

Location Uses

Background, Shrub Border, Foundation, Parking Strip, Swimming Pool, With Rocks

 

Special Uses

Naturalizing

 

Attracts Wildlife

Birds

Information by: Kathleen Moore

Photographer: Mountain States Nursery

  • Description

  • Notes

Cactus grows at a moderate rate to 12' x 18'. Usually have no spines. Flowers are yellow to orange and appear in spring. Fruit is edible. Accepts full sun. When they are young, the pads, or mopales of this cactus are used to make a delicious salsa. Treelike scuptural qualities.
Frost tolerant to 22 F.