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Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn
Opuntia rufida Engelm.
Blind prickly pear, Blind pricklypear
USDA Symbol: OPRU3
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Blind prickly pear has an obvious trunk, with many branches, and grows to 5 feet tall. Its joints are circular, dull gray-green, and the pads are covered with many short brown spines. The flowers are about 3 inches across, yellow to bright red-orange, with the full range of colors visible on the same plant at the same time. The fruit is about 1 inch long (248).
Bloom InformationBloom Color:
Orange , Yellow Bloom Time:
Mar , Apr , Jun , Jul , Aug Bloom Notes: Diurnal
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Heat Tolerant: yes
Conditions Comments: minimum temperature 50F
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff