Opuntia rufida Engelm.
Blind prickly pear, Blind pricklypear
Cactaceae (Cactus Family)
USDA Symbol: OPRU3
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).
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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
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
BibliographyBibref 1140 - Cacti (1991) Clive Innes and Charles Glass
Bibref 1141 - Cactuses of Big Bend National Park (1998) Evans, Douglas B.
Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Opuntia rufida in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Opuntia rufida in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff