Prickly Pear Cactus

Opuntia fragilis

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  • Prickly Pear Cactus | Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia fragilis) in the Coconino National Forest. Photo: Coconino National Forest
  • Prickly Pear Cactus | Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia fragilis) in the Coconino National Forest. Photo: Coconino National Forest
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Basic Information

Other names

Jumping Cactus, Brittle Pricklypear

Order

Caryophyllales

Family

Cactaceae

Size

1-5 in

Blooming Season

Spring - Early Summer

Bloom Color

Yellow

Danger

Warning! What out for spines!

Prickly Pear Cactus Habitat

Little Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia fragilis) is native to the dry open areas throughout the western United States. A hardy cacti, it can thrive in a variety of habitats up to about 8,000 ft.

Prickly Pear Cactus Facts

Dollarjoint Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia chlorotica) is a common species of cacti found in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. It is a blueish-green and can grow up to about 7 ft. For a good chance of seeing a Dollarjoint Prickly Pear thriving in the wild, head to Grand Canyon or Death Valley National Parks.

Prickly Pear Cactus Distribution



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