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Opuntia cochenillifera, Nopalea cochenillifera, Opuntia nuda, Cochineal Cactus, Warm hand, Velvet Opuntia, Nopales Opuntia, Nopal Cactus

Opuntia cochenillifera, Nopalea cochenillifera, Opuntia nuda

Cochineal Cactus, Warm hand, Velvet Opuntia, Nopales Opuntia, Nopal Cactus
Family: Cactaceae
Origin: Mexico
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterRed/crimson/vinous flowersEdibleSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

This variety of opuntia has thornless, pleasant to touch thick leaves. During summer hot day leaves warm up and their touch reminds of a warm hand touch. The plant will form a nice ornamental shrub. Flowers are bright red to crimson. Very fast growing, will thrive in neglect, tolerates almost any conditions. Perfect plant for a lazy gardener.

This is a nearly spineless variety of cactus that is easy to prepare, and has a delightful taste both raw and cooked. Sometimes can be confused with Opuntia monacantha that usually has more thorns. Related species - Opuntia tomentosa.


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Opuntia cochenillifera - Velvet Nopal Cactus, Prickly Pear

Fast-growing desert plant with showy bright red flowers. Drought tolerant, will grow in neglect. Perfect for easy landscaping. Edible!

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This item is certified for shipping to California.
Grown in
6"/1 gal pot