Beaver Tail Cactus

 

Opuntia basilaris

Cactaceae

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Form: Cactus
Seasonality: Evergreen
Size: 2 feet tall by 4 feet wide
Flowers: Fuchsia colored, delicate, cup shaped flowers

Leaves; n/a

Fruit: Fruits can be cooked, as well as the pads.
Stems/Trunks: Green or slightly purplish pads, rather flat across the top and tapered on the base
Range/Origin: Southwest USA, Northwestern Mexico

Hardiness: Sunset Zones: 8,9, 10-24; USDA: 7-10, 0F
Comments: Low litter, small thorns

 

CULTURAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Exposure: Full sun
  • Water: Low
  • Soil: Sandy, well drained soil
  • Propagation: Seed, cuttings
  • Maintenance: Low

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