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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Opuntia fragilis (Nutt.) Haw.
Brittle pricklypear, Fragile Prickly-pear, Pygmy Prickly Pear, Brittle cactus
USDA Symbol: OPFR
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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
AZ , CA , CO , IA , ID , IL , KS , MI , MN , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , OK , OR , SD , TX , UT , WA , WI , 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. USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Heat Tolerant: yes
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
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Record Modified: 2012-12-09
Research By: TWC Staff