'Prickly Pear' Coastal Cactus
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.
|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|
|Sun Preferences||Full sun|
|Water Preferences||Dry: Ensure planting area provides for good drainage|