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Plains Prickly Pear
Scientific Name: Opuntia macrorhiza Engelm.
Synonym: Opuntia pottsii, Opuntia tortispina, Opuntia tenuispina, Opuntia sphaerocarpa, Opuntia setispina, Opuntia plumbea, Opuntia delicata, Opuntia ballii, Opuntia compressa var. macrorhiza
Family: Cactaceae
Plains Prickly Pear (Opuntia  macrorhiza)
Opuntia tortispina, Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 2: 572. Courtesy of Kentucky Native Plant Society.
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 4-10

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 10F (-12C) or less

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Midwestern and southwestern USA

Growth Habits: Perennial, up to 12 inches tall (30 cm), up to 18 inches in spread (45 cm)

Watering Needs: Little water

Propagation: As Opuntia ballii in Britton and Rose's The Cactaceae

As Opuntia delicata in Britton and Rose's The Cactaceae

Plains Prickly Pear (Opuntia  macrorhiza)

Blooming Habits:
Yellow flowers.

Fruiting Habits:

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