Opuntia species

Opuntia basilaris (Beavertail cactus) Sunset: 12-24; USDA: 9b-12. Full sun. Heat tolerant. Little water. Hardy to 0°F. Slow growing to 2′ tall; 4′ wide. Origin: Arizona, California, Nevada, northwestern Mexico.

Opuntia ellisiana (Tiger tongue). Sunset: 12-24; USDA: 9b-12. Full sun. Heat tolerant. Little water. Hardy to 16°F. Slow growing to 2′ tall; 8′ wide. Origin: Mexico, Texas.

Opuntia engelmannii (Engelman prickly pear) Sunset: 8,9, 12-24; USDA: 9-10. Full sun. Heat tolerant. Little to no water. Hardy to 0°F. Grows to 8′ tall. Origin: Arizona, California

Opuntia engelmannii var. aciculata (Chenille); Sunset: 8-24; USDA: 8-10. Full sun. Heat tolerant. Little to no water. Hardy to 0°F. Grows to 3′ tall. Origin: Southwestern USA, NW Mexico.

Opuntia engelmannii var. texana; Sunset: 8,9, 12-24; USDA: 9-10. Full sun. Heat tolerant. Little to no water. Used for edible fruit. Hardy to 0°F. Grows to 8′ tall. Origin: Texas

Opuntia ficus indica (Order by the pound with a 3 lb. minimum @$7.50 Lb.)

Cactus Food for Reptiles such as Tortoises and Iguanas. Also a popular cactus for human consumption. We grow this cactus without chemicals and eat ourselves and feed to our own turtles. Opuntias are a major food source for Tortoises in the wild and are ideal for nearly all Tortoise species and many other reptiles such as Iguanas and other lizards.  High in calcium, vitamin C and fibre. Feed whole pads to larger reptiles or cut into long strips or cubes about 1/4″ wide for baby turtles and smaller replies.

Feed the cuttings directly to your reptiles or plant and grow and have a non-ending fresh supply. Plant is heat tolerant and requires little to no water. Hardy to 18°F. Tree like opuntia grows rapidly to 16′ tall with heat, water and sun.

Opuntia ficus indica have no large spines. The plant is high in calcium and fiber and low in protein and fats. Has a long shelf life if refrigerated after arrival. Can last for weeks or longer properly stored.

Opuntia microdasys (Yellow bunny ears)

Opuntia microdasys var. albaspina (White bunny ear). Sunset: 11-24; USDA: 9-10. Full sun. Heat tolerant. Little to no water. Hardy to 20°F. Grows to 2′ tall. Origin: Mexico.

Opuntia microdasys v. rufidia (Orange bunny ears). This clone is succulent and compact compared to the typical form. Sunset: 11-24; USDA: 9-10. Full sun. Heat tolerant. Little to no water. Hardy to 20°F. Grows to 4′ tall. Origin: Mexico.

Opuntia phaeacantha. Sunset: 10-13; USDA: 7-10. Full sun. Heat tolerant. Little to no water. Hardy to 0°F. Grows to 6′ tall; 6 to 15′ in spread. Origin: Arizona, Utah, Texas.

Opuntia quimilo (Sunset: 8,9, 11-24; USDA: 9-10. Full sun. Heat tolerant. Little water. Hardy to 22°F. Grows to 6′ tall. Origin: Bolivia (Tarija), Paraguay

Opuntia rufida (Blue) Sunset:11-13; USDA: 8b-10. Full sun. Heat tolerant. Little water. Hardy to 15°F. Grows to 4′ tall. Origin: southwestern Texas and northern Mexico.