Opuntia rafinesquei
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Opuntia rafinesquei

devil's tongue

  family cactaceae 
  genus opuntia 

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Genus  Opuntia Species  rafinesquei Variety  Cultivar  Common names  devil's tongue Family  CACTACEAE Specimen number  S2685 Data source  GrUnFr p292
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Woody perennial Life span  5 - 20 years Annual cycle  Evergreen Stature  Shrub Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height  9' - 15' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various 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 
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 fruit is 2 inches long 1 inch in diameter, has purple pulp, and skin covered with short prickly hairs. It is sweet tasting. Opuntia rafinesquei is most often used stewed or fresh.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Cutting Pollination method  Self fertile Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Fresh   Stewed Nutritional value  Edible parts  Fruit Description of edible parts 2 inches long 1 inch in diameter, has purple pulp, and skin covered with short prickly hairs Flavor / texture  sweet tasting
Horticulture notes  Opuntia rafinesquei is self fertile. Devil's tongue is typically propagated using a cutting. This plant most likely originates from Central and South America.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Opuntia rafinesquei is a woody perennial. Devil's tongue is evergreen.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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