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Heacock's Prickly Pear
Scientific Name: Opuntia polyacantha Haworth
Synonym: Opuntia schweriniana, Opuntia ursus-horribilis, Opuntia ursina, Opuntia missouriensis var. trichophora, Opuntia polyacantha var. trichophora, Opuntia trichophora, Opuntia splendens, Opuntia polyacantha var. schweriniana, Opuntia xanthostemma, Opuntia rutila, Opuntia missouriensis var. rufispina, Opuntia polyacantha var. rufispina, Opuntia missouriensis, Opuntia media, Opuntia polyacantha var. juniperina, Opuntia juniperina, Opuntia barbata, Opuntia heacockae, Opuntia rhodantha
Family: Cactaceae
Heacock's Prickly Pear (Opuntia  polyacantha)
Opuntia polyacantha as Opuntia heacockae at the Huntington Gardens in early July
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 7-10

Sun Exposure:

Origin: Western USA

Growth Habits: Clump or mat forming, up to 6 inches tall (15 cm)

Watering Needs:


Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 2: 573. Courtesy of Kentucky Native Plant Society.

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