Opuntia engelmannii - Cactus Apple (Engelmann's Pricklypear, Engelmann's Prickly Pear) Opuntia engelmannii - Cactus Apple (Engelmann's Pricklypear, Engelmann's Prickly Pear) Engelmann's prickly pear
Common Name Prickly Pear Cactus, Cactus Apple, Englemann's Prickly Pear
Latin Name Opuntia engelmannii
Native Habitat Southwestern desert and dry slopes from 1,000 to 5,000 feet
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Water None to once per month
Height X Width Maximum 6 X 6 feet, usual 3 X 3 feet
Protective Mechanism Spines
Leaves Evergreen, light green
Garden Suitability Songbird, Ethnobotanical
Ornamental Value Yellow to red flowers April-May, purple fruit
Nature Value Flowers used by bees, fruits eaten by birds and mammals, cover for nesting
Native American Uses Fruits and pads eaten
    Images, and data http://www.sbs.utexas.edu/mbierner/bio406d/images/pics/cac/opuntia_engelmannii.htm
    Images and data http://www.fireflyforest.com/flowers/yellows/yellow24.html
    Images and data http://cals.arizona.edu/pima/gardening/aridplants/Opuntia_engelmannii.html
    Images and data http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-taxon=Opuntia+engelmannii+var.+engelmannii
    Distribution map http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=OPENE