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Marblefruit Prickly Pear, Bearded Prickly Pear
Opuntia strigil


Marblefruit prickly pear grows in limestone crevices and rocky slopes at 3000 to 4000 feet, from the Pecos River to El Paso, and is most common in Pecos and Terrell Counties. It is a trunkless prickly pear which may be upright or sprawling. Its strikingly shaggy appearance is due to its numerous, brightly colored reddish-brown spines with yellow tips which contrast nicely with the yellow-green color of the small oblong pads. Flowers are pale yellow followed by very small, rounded red fleshy fruit.

Plant Habit or Use: small shrub

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: creamy yellow

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: red, very small, spherical, fleshy

Height: 2 feet

Width: 1 to 3 feet

Plant Character: evergreen

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: neutral

USDA Hardiness Zone: 7

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