Common Name Blind Prickly Pear, Cow Blinder, Desert Gem
Latin Name Opuntia rufida
Native Habitat Texas, New Mexico, eastern Arizona, northern Mexico
Soil Dry decomposed granite, sand, limestone, low organic content, well drained
Water Once or twice per month in summer
Height X Width 5 feet X 5 feet
Protective Mechanism Hairy looking barbed glochids
Leaves Green evergreen with spines
Garden Suitability Sonoran, Songbird, Ethnobotanical
Ornamental Value Orange flowers in spring to early summer, fruits have several colors
Nature Value Fruits eaten by birds and some mammals
Native American Uses Fruits and pads eatern
Links  
    Images and data http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/70013/
    Images and data http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Cactaceae/Opuntia_rufida.html
    Images and data http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=OPRU3
    Images and data http://www.cnr.vt.edu/DENDRO/dendrology/syllabus2/factsheet.cfm?ID=719
    Images and data http://www.cnr.vt.edu/dendro/dendrology/Syllabus2/factsheet.cfm?ID=719
    Images and data http://www.desertusa.com/magoct97/oct_pa/du_prkpear.html
    Images and data http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=1&taxon_id=242415211
    Images and data http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/ornamentals/nativeshrubs/opuntiarufid.htm
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.cactus-canyon.com/list.html
    Distribution map http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=OPRU3
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