Tulip prickly pear

Desert prickly pear

Opuntia phaeacantha

plant type:
shrub
lifecycle:
perennial
growing season:
NA
cover:
Moderate

Soil

Acceptable Soil Types:
Loam
Sand
Gravel
Acceptable Soil conditions:
SaltCaliche

Location

Min elevation:
0
Max elevation:
8000
Counties: 
Apache
Cochise
Coconino
Gila
Graham
Greenlee
La Paz
Maricopa
Mohave
Navajo
Pima
Pinal
Santa Cruz
Yavapai
Yuma

Reproduction & Growth

Growth rate: 
Moderate
Germination Requirements: 
scratched/scarified seeds germinate more reliably
Establishment: 
High

Ecological

Best Suited for these Site conditions:
ColdDisturbanceFire
Best Suited for these Management goals:
Tortoise habitatDrought resilienceErosion controlPollinator habitatWeed management

Additional Information

Commercial availability:
Available from nurseries
NOTES:
prone to hybridization; resists low intensity fire; rapid growth and establishment after fire
Citations:

Ansley 2007; Willad 2007