More tree like than other opuntias to 15'.
Usually have no spines but some glochids can be found.
Flowers are yellow to orange in late spring and early
Fruit is edible.
Must have good drainage.
Frost sensitive to hard freeze. When they are young, the
pads, or nopales of this cactus are used to make a delicious
salsa, which is reputed to have beneficial health effects. The
major pest and source of the red dye cochineal comes from a
scale. Zone 9.