Opuntia polyacantha var. erinacea (Parfitt): A paddle cactus with such long, profuse spines that it resembles a hedgehog. In addition to the 4.0" spines, it has yellow, barbed glochids so handle these plants with caution. It blooms in spring with large, bubblegum pink flowers.
One order = one cactus pad - SHIPPED UNROOTED
CAUTION: Opuntia species have fine, barbed bristles called glochids. Glochids easily detach and can become loose in the box during shipping. They can pierce skin and leather gloves, so use tongs or twisted newspaper when handling. See our Opuntia Planting Guide for more tips.
Opuntia need plenty of full, outdoor sunlight and great drainage to thrive. They do well in gritty, mineral soils and pots with drainage holes. Over time you'll see new pads sprout from the plant, soon followed by its showy blooms.
Opuntia can tolerate high heat and extended drought and can eventually develop into a wide, shrubby living fence. They are semi-frost hardy. Protect from heavy rains and standing water to prevent rot.
Pads are not guaranteed to root, but our Opuntia Planting Guide can help increase the success rate.
Color - Primary
Green / Lime
Zone 8 (10F)
Recommended Light Conditions
Growth Habit / Shape
Winter Dormant Partial
Unrooted / Bare Root
Hard to Kill
Size of Cutting(s)
THIS PLANT IS HARDY IN ZONES 8 - 10
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