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Grizzly Bear Prickly Pear

Opuntia polyacantha var. erinacea

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Cacti
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun
Pollinators Bees
Has Spines Yes
In relative feet, width by height
1-2' × 2-4'
Freeze Tolerant Yes
Flowering Season April-May
Flower Color Yellow or pink
Minimum Temperature Range 15 °F
Leaf Description Densely spiny pads
Fruit Small, quite spiny
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Elevation Range 3500-4500 ft.
Description Grizzly bear prickly pear is truly an imposing looking plant. These stout cacti are covered in extremely dense clusters of tan spines which can be several inches long. Arising from the masses of spines are delicate pink or yellow blooms. As with most prickly pears these plants prefer a well draining gravelly/sandy soil type. A good species to include in a mixed cactus garden where its small stature lends itself to planting between large specimens. Plants are tolerant of extreme sun exposure and are quite drought tolerant.