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Engelmann's Prickly pear, Calico Cactus
Scientific Name: Opuntia engelmannii var. engelmannii Engelmann
Synonym: Opuntia microcarpa, Opuntia procumbens, Opuntia subarmata, Opuntia tardospina, Opuntia phaeacantha var. discata, Opuntia discata, Opuntia dillei, Opuntia cantabrigiensis, Opuntia engelmannii var. discata, Opuntia tricolor
Family: Cactaceae
Engelmann's Prickly pear, Calico Cactus (Opuntia  engelmannii var. engelmannii) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 8,9, 12-24
USDA: 9-10

Frost Tolerance: Hardy in Phoenix

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Arizona, California (USA)

Growth Habits: Succulent 6 to 12 feet high (1.8-3.6 m), 3 feet wide (90 cm)

Watering Needs: little or no water once established


Engelmann's Prickly pear, Calico Cactus (Opuntia  engelmannii var. engelmannii)

Blooming Habits:
Pink to magenta flowers in summer.

Fruiting Habits:

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