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Opuntia fragilis
Common Name: Fragile Prickly Pear Family: Cactaceae (The Cactus Family)

Opuntia fragilis

Fragile prickly pear is widespread across western North America and occurs in all Canadian provinces from Ontario west. It has small pads that can be cylindrical (usually in the BC interior) or larger and somewhat flattened (BC coastal forms). The pads can be upright or prostrate. In summer they produce bright yellow cactus flowers. This is the most northerly of all cactus species occurring only 8 degrees of latitude south of the Arctic Circle in Alberta. Plant in full sun in sharply draining soil.

Geogrpahical Origin:
North America
Native Habitat:
Dry prairies, sandhills and rocks.

ClassEvergreen  Primary Bloom ColourYellow 
TypePerennial  Secondary Bloom Colour 
Height4-8'  Bloom TimeSummer 
Spread8-12'  FragranceNo 
Light ExposureSun  Foliage ColourGreen 
Soil MoistureDry Drought Tolerant  Stem Colour 
Hardiness Zone3-9  BerriesNo 
BC NativeYes    

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Recommended Companion Plants:
Sempervivum "Various Cultivars"
Agave parryi
Sedum palmeri "DJH 420B"

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