Prickly Pear

Luther Burbanks Thornless Opuntia Prickly Pear

Luther Burbanks Thornless Opuntia Prickly Pear


A unique, cold-hardy, and nearly spineless nopal cactus, colloquially referred to as prickly pear. Plants grow up to 6 feet tall, with branches bearing numerous oblong, bluish-green, 1 1/2 foot long pads, known as nopales or nopalitos, that have long been a staple of Mexican, Central American, and Southwestern cuisine. Gardeners are rewarded with 4 inch orange-yellow flowers at the tips of the pads, which will go on to bear fleshy, bottom-heavy reddish-purple fruit, or tuna, their taste often likened to watermelon. Hybridized in the early 1900s by Luther Burbank from South American seed. Extremely drought tolerant plants should be planted in full sun. Hardy to below 20°F.

Prickley Pears ship at the end of April/beginning of May in 3 1/2 inch containers. Order early for best availability. Detailed planting instructions are included with each order. Not available to HI, US Territories, or Canada.

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   Full Sun
Ships end of April/beginning of May
  • XF174/C
  • 1 plant
  • $19.95
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