Engelmann's pricklypear Cactaceae Opuntia engelmannii Salm-Dyck ex Engelm. Listen to the Latin   symbol: OPEN3
Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Reduced to a spine, 1 1/2 inches, 1-6 per areole, areoles 1 1/2 to 2 inches apart.
Flower: Yellow to red, three inches, late spring to early summer, born along the edges of the joints.

Fruit: Barrel-shaped, fleshy, unarmed or armed with very short spines, yellow-green ripening to purple, to 3 inches, maturing late summer.

Twig: Segmented, each segment broad and flat, oval to round in shape, to 10 inches long and less than one inch thick, often described as a "beaver tail".


Form: Shrubby, to a height of 4 feet, forming wide-spreading clumps.
Looks like: Plains pricklypear - blind pricklypear
No range map exists for this species. See a map of the states in which Opuntia engelmannii can be found (opens a new window). USDA Plants Database - Horticulture
Opuntia engelmannii is native to North America.

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