The Prickly pear is a large species of cactus with distinctive round pale green to light gray pads. These circular pads can reach 18 in. in dia. and are protected by a grid pattern of long sharp spines. This species can eventually reach 12-15 ft. high.
Prickly pear is native to Mexico and is widely adapted to hot and sunny conditions throughout the Inland Empire. It performs well as a sculptural accent plant in both Mediterranean and southwestern style plantings. It easily grows in containers, raised planters and in rock gardens with other succulents.