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Nopalea cochenillifera
Scientific Name: Nopalea cochenillifera (L.) Salm-Dyck
Synonym: Cactus cochenillifer, Opuntia cochenillifera
Family: Cactaceae
Nopalea  cochenillifera
Nopalea cochenillifera at the Huntington Gardens, in mid June
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 9b-10

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Probably native to Mexico or central America

Growth Habits: Tree cactus, up to 12 feet tall (3.6 m), trunks up to 8 inches in diameter (20 cm)

Watering Needs: Moderate

Propagation: Cuttings

The young pads of this species (as well as of several Opuntias) are sold as 'nopales' and are used as vegetable in the Mexican cuisine. The variety '1308' has been selected for its quasi absence of spines and glochids (irritating hair-like spines)

Blooming Habits:
Pink flowers, 2 inches long (5 cm), followed by red fruits, also 2 inches long (5 cm).

Fruiting Habits:

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