Cochineal Nopal Cactus (Opuntia cochenillifera) fruits close up
Cochineal Nopal Cactus (Opuntia cochenillifera)Cochineal Nopal Cactus (Opuntia cochenillifera) fruits on treeCochineal Nopal Cactus (Opuntia cochenillifera) fruits have juicy red fleshCochineal Nopal Cactus (Opuntia cochenillifera) fruits close up

Cochineal Nopal Cactus (Opuntia cochenillifera) Prickly Pear


This is a giant fruiting opuntia cacti, reaching at least 15′ in height. There are specimens in the Tampa area the size of a ‘house’.

This is an extremely durable tropical plant. It’s well suited for xeriscaping and international shipping.

1 Fresh ‘Paddle’ (cutting) | 5-7lbs. Live Paddles | 10-12lbs. Live Paddles | 1 Live Plant (2″ rootball/pot) | One Live Plant (3.5″ pot) | Shipping Upgrade: CHOICE | Shipping Upgrade: HEAT PACKS (2)


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Synonym(s): Cactus cochenillifer, Nopalea cochenillifera, Cactus nopal, Cactus splendidus, Cactus campechianus, Nopalea coccifera

Opuntia cochenillifera Research Data Links:
Cacti Guide – Daves Garden – Eat The Weeds – Google ScholarISSGTampa Bay Times – USDA – Wikipedia

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1 Fresh ‘Paddle’ (cutting), 5-7lbs. Live Paddles, 10-12lbs. Live Paddles, 1 Live Plant (2″ rootball/pot), One Live Plant (3.5″ pot), Shipping Upgrade: CHOICE, Shipping Upgrade: HEAT PACKS (2)

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