Cow's Tongue Cactus Flower File:Opuntia engelmannii var linguiformis 1.jpg Opuntia engelmannii var. linguiformis
Cow's Tongue Cactus Thorns Cow's Tongue Prickly Pear Cactus File:Opuntia engelmannii var linguiformis 3.jpg
Common Name Cow's Tongue Prickly Pear Cactus
Latin Name Opuntia engelmannii var. linguiformis
Family Cactaceae
Sunset zones / USDA zones 10-13 / 8-11
Type / Form Cactus / Medium
Native Habitat Southwest deserts and grasslands below 6,000 feet
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Exposure Full sun
Water None to once per month
Height X Width Maximum 10 X 8 feet, usual 4 feet X 4 feet
Protective Mechanism Spines
Leaves Evergreen, light green
Flowers Yellow flowers in spring, purple fruits
Bark / Roots NA
Maintenance None
Propagation Seeds, cuttings
Pests and diseases None
Landscape uses Container, rock garden, barrier, low maintenance, foliage accent, background, specimen
Garden Suitability Sonoran, Ethnobotanical
Ornamental Value Yellow flowers in spring, purple fruits
Nature Value Flowers used by bees, fruits eaten by birds and mammals
Native American Uses Fruits and pads eaten
Links  
    Images, and data http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/67791/index.html
    Images, and data http://www.desertmuseumdigitallibrary.org/public/detail.php?id=ASDM08062&sp=Opuntia%20engelmannii%20linguiformis
    Images, and data http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=OPENL2
    Images and data http://www.delange.org/CowsTongue/CowsTongue.htm
    Images and data http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Cactaceae/Opuntia_linguiformis.html
    Images http://www.cas.vanderbilt.edu/bioimages/species/openl2.htm
    Distribution map http://www.efloras.org/object_page.aspx?object_id=13218&flora_id=1
    Distribution map http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=OPENL2
    Nursery http://www.cactusstore.com/category_3/Prickly-Pear-Cacti.htm
    Nursery Oak Hills Nursery, 13874 Ranchero Road, Oak Hills, 92345, 760-947-6261
   
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