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

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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 flowersEdible

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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