Opuntia engelmanii
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Opuntia engelmanii

pricklypear cactus

  family cactaceae 
  genus opuntia 

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Genus  Opuntia Species  engelmanii Variety  Cultivar  Common names  pricklypear cactus Family  CACTACEAE Specimen number  S12003 Data source  UnVeg p78
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Annual Life span  1 year Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height    Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun Water    Optimal soil texture  Soil texture 26 Acceptable soil pH  Slightly acidic USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Full sun is best for growing Opuntia engelmanii.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  The leaves of this plant and the seed pods are both edible. Its most notable nutritional component is vitamin C. Opuntia engelmanii is most often used cooked.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Seed Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period  May 01 - May 31 Harvesting period    Frost tolerance  Hardy Heat requirement  Warm Fertilizer  Low nitrogen Time to harvest 
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Cooked Nutritional value  Vitamin C Edible parts  Leaves   Seed pods Description of edible parts Flavor / texture  has juicy pulp-filled leaves and seed-pods which have sweet fruit surrounding numerous seeds
Horticulture notes  May is normally the best time to begin planting. It requires warm days for good production. Low nitrogen is required for optimal growth. Opuntia engelmanii is typically propagated by seed.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Opuntia engelmanii has an annual life cycle.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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