Soil: (Xeric) Dry
These are really great! Prickly Pear makes a nice rock Garden plant and blooms nicely in containers. They are tolerant of humidity and some moisture. Quite the specimen!
Food Uses: Fruits are edible when ripe and are eaten raw and in jelly. Young tender leaf pads are served in many Mexican style dishes.
Other Uses: The mucilaginous juice from the stem was used by the Dakota and Pawnee to fix colors painted on hides. leaf juices were applied to warts.
More Info: Some parts of the plant are poisonous
Other Names: Devil’s Tongue, Smooth Prickly Pear