Opuntia tuna

A large padded prickly pear native cactus with yellow, similar to rose, spring flowers. Fruits ripen Oct-Nov in Zone 7 and can be harvested well into the winter. Plant spreads to make a clump. Medium sized red fruit 3" long. Remove small thorns from skin of fruit before handling or eating. Handle with barbeque tongs when planting. De-thorned pads are also used as a vegetable. For cactus "string beans", cut pads in long strips and grill or saute. Fruit pulp is an excellent addition to fruit salads, lending its intense red color as well as flavor. A less care four season ornamental. Space 6' circle Zones 7-9 Zone 6 plant out of the winter prevailing wind

Plant Characteristics
Pest Resistance Excellent
Disease Resistance Excellent
Drought Tolerance Excellent
Heat Tolerance Excellent
Humidity Tolerance Excellent
Sun Tolerance Excellent
Wet Soil Tolerance Poor
Shade Tolerance Poor
No Spray Excellent
Salt Tolerance Good
Deer Resistance Very Good
Thorns Yes
Soil Type Well Drained
Edible Type Fruit
Self Fertile Yes
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