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Marcus, Joseph A.
Opuntia ellisiana Griffiths
Spineless prickly pear, Tigertongue, South Texas pricklypear
Synonyms: Opuntia ×ellisiana
USDA Symbol: opel3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Opuntia ellisiana is a spinless form of Opuntia cacanapa.
Opuntia ellisiana is derived from cultivation in the United States.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red , Pink , Orange , Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun
AZ , NM , TX Native Distribution:
Opuntia ellisiana is known only from cultivation in the United States. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Drought Tolerance: Medium , High
Conditions Comments: The spineless prickly pear is a great addition to the landscape for those seeking a cactus form, showy blooms and bright red fruits (tunas). Beware, although it doesnt have long sharp spines, the tiny glochids (slivers) are very irritating to the skin if the plant is not handled correctly. Grab the pads between the glochid dots.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Deer Resistant: Moderate
Seeds , Semi-hardwood Cuttings , Softwood Cuttings Description:
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting.
to ripen then clean and dry seeds. Seed Treatment:
Seed can be stored after cleaning. Commercially Avail:
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
NPSOT - Austin Chapter
- Austin, TX
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Record Modified: 2010-09-14
Research By: Damon Waitt