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Xeriscape Demonstration Garden Information Sheet

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Opuntia macrocentra

This prickly pear grows in clumps, usually to about 4' tall and wide. Leaf pads are grey-green, but develop a purple tinge in with cold temperatures. These pads are also covered with large, black spines. Flowers appear in late spring, and are yellow with red centers. Very drought tolerant, needing little to no water once fully established. Full sun, will tolerate poor soils that are well drained.


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