Common Name Mojave Prickly Pear, Desert Prickly Pear, Brownspine Prickly Pear, Tulip Prickly Rear
Latin Name Opuntia phaeacantha
Native Habitat Southwest deserts and grasslands below 6,000 feet
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Water None to once per month
Height X Width Maximum 4 X 15 feet, usual 3 feet X 6 feet
Protective Mechanism Spines
Leaves Evergreen, light green
Garden Suitability Sonoran, Ethnobotanical
Ornamental Value Yellow flowers in spring slowly changing to pinkish orange, mahogany 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://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Cactaceae/Opuntia_phaeacantha.html
    Images and data http://www.naturesongs.com/vvplants/desertpricklypear.html
  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opuntia_phaeacantha
   
    Data http://www.pfaf.org/database/plants.php?Opuntia+phaeacantha
    Distribution map http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=OPPH
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