Plains Pricklypear (Polyacantha) is generally described as
a perennial shrub.
native to the U.S. (United States)
has its most active growth period in the
spring and summer and fall .
Plains Pricklypear (Polyacantha) has
green foliage and
yellow flowers, with
an abuncance of
conspicuous red fruits or seeds.
The greatest bloom is usually observed in the
with fruit and seed production starting in the
summer and continuing until
retained year to year.
Plains Pricklypear (Polyacantha) has a
moderate life span relative to most other plant species and a
rapid growth rate.
At maturity, the typical
Plains Pricklypear (Polyacantha) will reach up to
2 feet high, with a maximum height at 20 years of
Plains Pricklypear (Polyacantha) is usually not commercially available except under contract. It can be propagated by
bare root, container, cuttings, seed.
It has a
rapid ability to spread through seed production and the seedlings have
Note that cold stratification is
not required for seed germination and the plant cannot survive exposure to temperatures below
high tolerance to drought and restricted water conditions.
Source: USDA, NRCS, PLANTS Database, plants.usda.gov.
National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA