Opuntia lindheimeri var. linguiformis    
Cow's tongue prickly pear   
Cactaceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


prickly pear pads
Form: large, mounding, segmented cactus
Seasonality: evergreen
Size: 4-6ft with spread greater than height, spread commonly greater than 6ft
Leaves: distinctive large pads, rounded at base tapering to rounded point, to 2ft in length; spine presence varies
Flowers: yellow, at margin of pads, bloom in spring
Fruit: oval, plum-colored fruit
Stems/Trunks: not stem forming
Range/Origin: Texas, widely used throughout Southwest US
Hardiness: to 0°F


prickly pear cactus
Opuntia lindheimeri

close-up of flower
bloom on Opuntia linderheimeri

pads root and extend clump spread
common name of Opuntia lindheimeri (not this variety) is Texas Prickly Pear

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