Prickly Pear Cactus is a Colorado native plant that can be found
growing throughout the plains to elevations of 8,000 feet or more
in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
Prickly Pear Cactus in full sun in well drained sandy soil. Once
established it tolerates poor soils and
drought conditions extremely well. Its bright yellow flowers open
late spring to early summer, with individual flowers lasting 1 to 2 days.
Flowers will ripen to an edible red fruit in fall.
Prickly Pear Cactus plants could be re-located from private property by digging entire
plants or taking stem cuttings from second year growth.
It may be easier and less sticky to purchase
pre-started plants from your local Garden Center. Space new
container grown plants 24" to 36" apart.
Prickly Pear Cactus is a slow grower that will take some time to
Potential pests ~ diseases:
Rare. Rabbits may nibble on the plant.