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Polka Dot Prickly Pear

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New pads appear in pairs, like the ears of a rabbit. Tiny white contrasting spines cover the green pads, resembling polka dots. Yellow flowers, easy care and unique architectural form make this a valuable specimen, patio container subject or security barrier. The fine spines are light to the touch, but use care, as they can become a skin irritant. For this reason, it is not recommended for areas accessible to pets. Evergreen. Photo credit: Richard Shiell


  • Full Sun

  • Low

  • Height
    3 - 5 feet

  • Spread
    4—7 feet

Availability: Out of stock



Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.

Brand Monrovia
Botanical Name Opuntia microdasys 'Albispina'
Plant Type Perennials, Cactus & Succulents
Plant Subtype SUCCULENT/CACTUS/YUCCA
Foliage Color Green
Light Needs Full Sun
Water Needs Low
USDA Cold Hardiness Zones 8 - 11
Height 3 - 5 feet
Spread 4—7 feet
Special Uses Easy Care, North American Native, Showy Flowers, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-Round Interest
Landscape Uses Container, Firescaping/Fire Wise
Flower Color Yellow
Bloom Time Spring, Summer

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