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Opuntia polyacantha var. erinacea (Grizzlybear pricklypear)
Smith, R.W.

Opuntia polyacantha var. erinacea

Opuntia polyacantha Haw. var. erinacea (Engelm. & J.M. Bigelow ex Engelm.) Parfitt

Grizzlybear Pricklypear, Oldman Cactus, Grizzly Prickly Pear, Hedgehog Prickly Pear, Mohave Prickly Pear, Grizzly Bear Pricklypear

Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Synonym(s): Opuntia erinacea, Opuntia erinacea var. erinacea, Opuntia ursina

USDA Symbol: oppoe

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

This cactus forms small, low clumps with erect branches. The pads are thickly covered with long, gray, downward-pointing spines. Flower color varies from rose to yellow depending on variety and the fruit is dry and spiny.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Cactus/Succulent

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Pink , Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul


USA: AZ , CA , CO , ID , NM , NV , UT , WA , WY
Native Distribution: S.w. WY to AZ & e. CA
Native Habitat: Desert canyons; dry slopes

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Dry soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


Description: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA

Additional resources

USDA: Find Opuntia polyacantha var. erinacea in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Opuntia polyacantha var. erinacea in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Opuntia polyacantha var. erinacea


Record Modified: 2021-10-04
Research By: TWC Staff

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