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Opuntia fragilis (Nutt.) Haw.
Brittle pricklypear, Fragile Prickly-pear, Pygmy Prickly Pear, Brittle cactus
Synonym(s): Cactus fragilis, Opuntia brachyarthra, Opuntia fragilis ssp. brachyarthra, Opuntia fragilis var. brachyarthra, Opuntia fragilis var. denudata, Opuntia fragilis var. fragilis
USDA Symbol: OPFR
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
The entire plant forms a low, matted, clump of spiny jointed stems. Flowers yellow or greenish.
This is one of the most common low prickly-pears. Most have flatter stems.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun
, WY Canada: AB
, SK Native Distribution:
Western Washington and southern British Columbia; south on the east side of the Cascade Mountains to northern California and northern Arizona; east to northern Texas and southern Michigan. Native Habitat:
Dry open areas.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Heat Tolerant: yes
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Record Last Modified: 2012-12-09
Research By: TWC Staff