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Glendale Public Library
Xeriscape Demonstration Garden Information Sheet

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Opuntia ficus-indica

  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 summer.  Fruit is edible.  Full sun.  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. 

Webmaster & Author George Hull Last Updated August 13, 2003