'Prickly Pear' Coastal Cactus

'Prickly Pear' Coastal Cactus

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Opuntia littoralis

Prickly pear is a native north American plant of many varieties usually found in desert chaparral. In the Carolinas, it grows abundantly on the coastal plain, but it will grow anywhere and can be very invasive -- painfully so, as it is covered with long, sharp, spines.

From a safe distance, its eccentric shape and exotic yellow flowers are a wonder to behold. However, except in low-traffic areas, its best use is as a container plant pruned to grow as wanted. Alternatively, it can work as a naturalized barrier.

Ornamental Characteristics
Category Perrennial, succulent
Foliage Type Thick, oval-shaped paddles with sharp spines
Height 2' - 3' +
Spread 3' - 5' +
Shape Contorted, creeping, spreading
Primary foliage Color Green, light
Seasonal foliage Color
Flowering Season Summer
Flower Color Yellow
Berries Drupes
Environmental Characteristics
Growth Rate Fast
Sun Preferences Full Sun
Water Preferences Dry: Ensure planting area provides for good drainage