Civano Nursery's Plant Catalog

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Black-Spine Prickly Pear - Opuntia macrocentra

The prickly pear family was once a staple of the Native American diet and lifestyle. It was used as a food source, for medicine, for building, and much more. Black-spine prickly pear is no exception to the usefulness of the rest of the family, but also makes an eye-catching accent in a cactus garden or landscape.

It is a low-growing cactus, not exceeding more than three or four feet in height, and spreading in clumps up to four feet. Yellow blossoms with red centers cover this prickly beauty in the springtime. Fruit follows flowering, which many birds and wildlife are fond of. Plant Black-Spine prickly pear with other colorful desert perennials like penstemon, angelita daisy, or globe mallow for color that will make a statement.

Plant Details

  • Common Name:
    Black-Spine Prickly Pear
    Botanical Name:
    Opuntia macrocentra
    Plant Type:
    Cactus and Succulents
    Size (H x W):
    3 - 4 ft x 3 - 4 ft
  • Blooms:
    Bicolor; Red and Yellow
    Exposure:
    Full Sun, Part Shade
    Hardiness:
    10° F
    Water:
    Low
  • Pruning:
    n/a (prune to control size every few years in spring)
    Growth Rate:
    Slow to Moderate
    Flowering Season:
    Spring