Opuntia erinacea Opuntia erinacea Opuntia erinacea. COMMON PRICKLYPEAR  [quart]
Common Name  Grizzly Bear Pricklypear, Mojave Prickly Pear, Old Man Cactus
Latin Name Opuntia erinacea
Family Cactaceae
Sunset zones / USDA zones  
Type / Form Cactus / Small
Native Habitat Southwestern deserts above 2,500 feet
Soil Decomposed granite, clay loam, limestone, low to some organic content, well drained
Water Once  per month during dry months
Exposure Full sun
Height X Width One foot by three feet
Protective Mechanism Thorns
Leaves Green pads
Flowers Pink, red, or yellow flowers in May and June
Bark / Roots  
Maintenance Low
Propagation Cuttings, seeds
Pests and diseases  
Landscape uses Container, rock garden, specimen
Garden Suitability Butterfly, Ethnobotanical, Mojave
Nature Value Invertebrates eat nectar
Native American Uses Fruit eaten
    Images and data http://www.mojavenp.org/opuntia_erinacea_erinacea_mojave_national_preserve.htm
    Images and data http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=5935
    Images and data http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/70976/
    Images and data http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Cactaceae/Opuntia_erinacea.html
    Images and data http://www.greatbasinnatives.com/servlet/Detail?no=31
    Images and data http://mojavedesert.net/cactus/oldman.html
    Images and data http://www.desertusa.com/magoct97/oct_pa/du_prkpear.html
    Data http://www.backyardgardener.com/plantname/pda_cfe4.html
    Data http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_JM_treatment.pl?Opuntia+polyacantha+var.+erinacea
    Data http://server9.web-mania.com/users/pfafardea/database/plants.php?Opuntia+erinacea
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.cnplx.info/nplx/species?taxon=Opuntia+polyacantha+var.+erinacea
    Nursery Oak Hills Nursery, 13874 Ranchero Road, Oak Hills, 92345, 760-947-6261
    Distribution map http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=OPPOE