This small opuntia is quite astonishingly frost-hardy when dry, and seldom reaches 12 inches in height or more than 2-3 feet across. It makes a splendid ornamental plant where space is scarce, with rounded spiny pads and very large bright yellow flowers. It has a large geographic range, being found from New Mexico and Utah, and into Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, and Louisiana.
Seeds may be sown at any time of the year onto a well-drained compost and covered about 5-10 mm deeply. Keep the pot moist at a temperature of between 18 and 22 degrees C in a well-lit position. Seeds should germinate within 2 to 6 weeks but may take much longer so do not discard the seed tray. Pot on small seedlings into 3 inch or 7cm pots until of a size suitable for final planting into a large pot or outside in warmer countries.
Common name:Delicate Prickly Pear, Plains Prickly Pear, Pott's Prickly Pear, Starvation Prickly Pear, Tuberous-
Classification:Half hardy perennial, Hardy perennial
Packet Content:5 large seeds (Approx)