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Plains Pricklypear (Opuntia polyacantha)

  • Plains Pricklypear (Opuntia Polyacantha) https://www.sagebud.com/plains-pricklypear-opuntia-polyacantha/
    Credit: Mike Reyher | originally posted to Flickr as IMG_0509.JPG | License: CC-BY-2.0
  • Plains Pricklypear (Opuntia Polyacantha) https://www.sagebud.com/plains-pricklypear-opuntia-polyacantha/
    Credit: Mike Reyher | originally posted to Flickr as IMG_0509.JPG | License: CC-BY-SA-2.5 CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated GFDL
  • Plains Pricklypear (Opuntia Polyacantha) https://www.sagebud.com/plains-pricklypear-opuntia-polyacantha/
    Credit: Mike Reyher | originally posted to Flickr as IMG_0509.JPG | License: CC-BY-SA-2.5 CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated GFDL
  • Plains Pricklypear (Opuntia Polyacantha) https://www.sagebud.com/plains-pricklypear-opuntia-polyacantha/
    Credit: Manfred Mielke, USDA Forest Service, United States |
    This image is at Invasive.org, a source for images of invasive and exotic species operated by The Bugwood Network at the University of Georgia and the USDA APHIS Plant Pro....This tag does not indicate the copyright status of the attached work. A normal copyright tag is still required. See Commons:Licensing for more information.
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  • Plains Pricklypear (Opuntia Polyacantha) https://www.sagebud.com/plains-pricklypear-opuntia-polyacantha/
    Credit: Manfred Mielke, USDA Forest Service, United States |
    This image is at Invasive.org, a source for images of invasive and exotic species operated by The Bugwood Network at the University of Georgia and the USDA APHIS Plant Pro....This tag does not indicate the copyright status of the attached work. A normal copyright tag is still required. See Commons:Licensing for more information.
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  • Plains Pricklypear (Opuntia Polyacantha) https://www.sagebud.com/plains-pricklypear-opuntia-polyacantha/
    Credit: Stan Shebs | Own work | License: CC-BY-SA-2.5 CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated GFDL
  • Plains Pricklypear (Opuntia Polyacantha) https://www.sagebud.com/plains-pricklypear-opuntia-polyacantha/
    Credit: Stan Shebs | Own work | License: CC-BY-SA-2.5 CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated GFDL
  • Plains Pricklypear (Opuntia Polyacantha) https://www.sagebud.com/plains-pricklypear-opuntia-polyacantha/
    Credit: Stan Shebs | Own work | License: CC-BY-SA-2.5 CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated GFDL
  • Plains Pricklypear (Opuntia Polyacantha) https://www.sagebud.com/plains-pricklypear-opuntia-polyacantha/
    Credit: Stan Shebs | Own work | License: CC-BY-SA-2.5 CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated GFDL
  • Plains Pricklypear (Opuntia Polyacantha) https://www.sagebud.com/plains-pricklypear-opuntia-polyacantha/
    Credit: Stan Shebs | Own work | License: CC-BY-SA-2.5 CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated GFDL
  • Plains Pricklypear (Opuntia Polyacantha) https://www.sagebud.com/plains-pricklypear-opuntia-polyacantha/
    Credit: Stan Shebs | Own work | License: CC-BY-SA-2.5 CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated GFDL
  • Plains Pricklypear (Opuntia Polyacantha) https://www.sagebud.com/plains-pricklypear-opuntia-polyacantha/
    Credit: Stan Shebs | Own work | License: CC-BY-SA-2.5 CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated GFDL
  • Plains Pricklypear (Opuntia Polyacantha) https://www.sagebud.com/plains-pricklypear-opuntia-polyacantha/
    Credit: Frank Vincentz | Own work | License: CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated GFDL
  • Plains Pricklypear (Opuntia Polyacantha) https://www.sagebud.com/plains-pricklypear-opuntia-polyacantha/
    Credit: Stan Shebs | Own work | License: CC-BY-SA-2.5 CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated GFDL
  • Plains Pricklypear (Opuntia Polyacantha) https://www.sagebud.com/plains-pricklypear-opuntia-polyacantha/
    Credit: Stan Shebs | Own work | License: CC-BY-SA-2.5 CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated GFDL
  • Plains Pricklypear (Opuntia Polyacantha) https://www.sagebud.com/plains-pricklypear-opuntia-polyacantha/
    Credit: Stan Shebs | Own work | License: CC-BY-SA-2.5 CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated GFDL
  • Plains Pricklypear (Opuntia Polyacantha) https://www.sagebud.com/plains-pricklypear-opuntia-polyacantha/
    Credit: Stan Shebs | Own work | License: CC-BY-SA-2.5 CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated GFDL
  • Plains Pricklypear (Opuntia Polyacantha) https://www.sagebud.com/plains-pricklypear-opuntia-polyacantha/
    Credit: Stan Shebs | Own work | License: CC-BY-SA-2.5 CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated GFDL
  • Plains Pricklypear (Opuntia Polyacantha) https://www.sagebud.com/plains-pricklypear-opuntia-polyacantha/
    Credit: Stan Shebs | Own work | License: CC-BY-SA-2.5 CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated GFDL
  • Plains Pricklypear (Opuntia Polyacantha) https://www.sagebud.com/plains-pricklypear-opuntia-polyacantha/
    Credit: Stan Shebs | Own work | License: CC-BY-SA-2.5 CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated GFDL
  • Plains Pricklypear (Opuntia Polyacantha) https://www.sagebud.com/plains-pricklypear-opuntia-polyacantha/
    Credit: Stan Shebs | Own work | License: CC-BY-SA-2.5 CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated GFDL
  • Plains Pricklypear (Opuntia Polyacantha) https://www.sagebud.com/plains-pricklypear-opuntia-polyacantha/
    Credit: Stan Shebs | Own work | License: CC-BY-SA-2.5 CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated GFDL
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Opuntia Polyacantha, or more commonly know as Plains Pricklypear, is a shrub with green foliage and yellow flowers of the genus Opuntia. It has a rapid growth rate and a height of 2 feet at maturity. Its duration is perennial which means it will grow year after year. It's active growth period is spring summer fall, blooms during late spring, is intolerant of shade and is routinely available commercially. Opuntia Polyacantha or Plains Pricklypear's floral region is North America US Lower 48, specifically in the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

  • Category: Dicot
  • Genus: Opuntia
  • Family: Cactaceae
  • Order: Caryophyllales
  • Class: Magnoliopsida
  • Division: Magnoliophyta
  • Duration: Perennial
  • Growth Habit: Shrub
  • Native Status: L48 (N) CAN (N)
  • PLANTS Invasive Status: NE&GP WSWS
  • Active Growth Period: Spring Summer Fall
  • After Harvest Regrowth Rate: Rapid
  • Allelopath: No
  • Bloat: None
  • C:N Ratio: High
  • Coppice Potential: Yes
  • Fall Conspicuous: No
  • Fire Resistance: No
  • Flower Color: Yellow
  • Flower Conspicuous: Yes
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Foliage Porosity Summer: Porous
  • Foliage Porosity Winter: Porous
  • Foliage Texture: Coarse
  • Fruit/Seed Color: Red
  • Fruit/Seed Conspicuous: Yes
  • Growth Form: Stoloniferous
  • Growth Rate: Rapid
  • Height at 20 Years Maximum (feet): 2
  • Height Mature (feet): 2
  • Leaf Retention: Yes
  • Lifespan: Moderate
  • Low Growing Grass: No
  • Resprout Ability: No
  • Shape and Orientation: Decumbent
  • Toxicity: None
  • Adapted to Coarse Textured Soils: Yes
  • Adapted to Fine Textured Soils: Yes
  • Adapted to Medium Textured Soils: Yes
  • Anaerobic Tolerance: None
  • CaCO3 Tolerance: High
  • Cold Stratification Required: No
  • Drought Tolerance: High
  • Fertility Requirement: Low
  • Fire Tolerance: None
  • Frost Free Days Minimum: 200
  • Hedge Tolerance: None
  • Moisture Use: Low
  • pH (Minimum): 7
  • pH (Maximum): 8.8
  • Planting Density per Acre Minimum: 170
  • Planting Density per Acre Maximum: 300
  • Precipitation (Minimum): 10
  • Precipitation (Maximum): 20
  • Root Depth Minimum (inches): 12
  • Salinity Tolerance: None
  • Shade Tolerance: Intolerant
  • Temperature Minimum (°F): -28
  • Bloom Period: Late Spring
  • Commercial Availability: Contracting Only
  • Fruit/Seed Abundance: High
  • Fruit/Seed Period Begin: Summer
  • Fruit/Seed Period End: Fall
  • Fruit/Seed Persistence: No
  • Propagated by Bare Root: Yes
  • Propagated by Bulbs: No
  • Propagated by Container: Yes
  • Propagated by Corms: No
  • Propagated by Cuttings: Yes
  • Propagated by Seed: Yes
  • Propagated by Sod: No
  • Propagated by Sprigs: No
  • Propagated by Tubers: No
  • Seed per Pound: 145000
  • Seed Spread Rate: Rapid
  • Seedling Vigor: Medium
  • Small Grain: No
  • Vegetative Spread Rate: Moderate





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