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Opuntia basilaris (Beavertail pricklypear) #23469 Opuntia basilaris var. basilaris
Common Name Beavertail cactus
Latin Name Opuntia basilaris
Family Cactaceae
Sunset zones / USDA zones 8-9, 10-24 / 7-10
Type / Form Cactus / Small
Native Habitat Among creosote scrub brush below 3,000 feet in Sonoran and Colorado Deserts and below 6,000 feet in Joshua tree woodland in Mojave Desert
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, loam, low in organic content, well drained
Exposure Full sun
Water None to once per month
Height X Width Maximum 4 X 4 feet, usual 1 foot X 2 feet
Protective Mechanism Short spines in dark red bumps
Leaves Evergreen
Flowers Magenta to red flowers mid-spring and early summer, purple green fruit
Bark / Roots NA
Maintenance None
Propagation Seeds and cuttings
Pests and Diseases None
Landscape uses Container, rock garden, low maintenance, specimen
Garden Suitability Songbird, Sonoran, Ethnobotanical
Nature Value Flowers used by bees, fruits eaten by birds and mammals
Native American Uses Fruits and pads eaten
    Images and data http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opuntia_basilaris
    Images and data http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Cactaceae/Opuntia_basilaris.html
    Images and data http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/59284/index.html
    Images and data http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=5927
    Images and data http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/rareplants/profiles/tep/opuntia_basilaris_treleasei/index.shtml
    Images and data http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=opba2
    Images and data http://www.desertmuseumdigitallibrary.org/public/detail.php?id=ASDM07203&sp=Opuntia%20basilaris
    Images and data http://www.delange.org/CactusBeaverTail/CactusBeaverTail.htm
    Images and data http://www.nazflora.org/Opuntia_basilaris.htm
    Images http://www.mojavenp.org/opuntia_basilaris_mojave_national_preserve.htm
    Article http://www.desertusa.com/april96/du_beavtail.html
    Distribution map http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=OPBA2
    Distribution map http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=1&taxon_id=242415215
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.laspilitas.com/plants/1005.htm
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.cnplx.info/nplx/species?taxon=Opuntia+basilaris
    Nursery Oak Hills Nursery, 13874 Ranchero Road, Oak Hills, 92345, 760-947-6261