• Opuntia erinacea
  • Opuntia erinacea

Opuntia erinacea

Grizzly Bear Cactus, Grizzly Bear Prickly Pear, Old Man Prickly Pear, Old Man Cactus, Mojave Prickly Pear,
Size: ex 9cm pot - Large

Availability: In stock

£13.99

Quick Overview

  • Hardy Prickly Pear
  • Long thin white spines
  • Full sun
  • Keep dry in winter

Description

Opuntia erinacea, Grizzly Bear Cactus or Old Man Prickly Pear, is endemic to the western states of the USA, mainly California and Nevada but also just across the borders into SW Utah and NW Arizona. It grows in arid scrubby chapparal often together with Larrea tridentata and up to elevations of 2800 metres above sea level on rocky slopes and among dry pine and oak forest in the mountains of the High Sierra Nevada, San Bernardino Mountains and San Jacinto Mountains and further west into the Mojave Desert in a landscape often dominated by Yucca brevifolia.

It is a distinctive Opuntia, with long white downward-pointing spines that are brittle and hairlike and somewhat less fierce than many prickly pears. It is hardy in the UK if kept dry in the winter and will withstand temperatures down to at least -20C, surviving long freezes. Even old half-rotted fragments can re-root and start growing again as soon as the weather warms up.

There is a certain amount of healthy debate about the correct taxonomy for this species and it has several synonyms. It is most often referred to as Opuntia polyacantha var. erinacea or Opuntia erinacea var. ursina.

This is a great hardy cactus for UK gardens and with its distinctive shaggy white coat it has loads of personality.

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good plant Review by james
good size plant as always now in greenhouse awaiting spring before planting out in arid bed with
some of last years purchases from same company.
Use gloves or rolled up newspaper wrapped around plant when potting (Posted on 03/02/2017)
Very good Review by Marvin
I've grown one in California. Now have bought one here in England. It showed up in great shape. Well packed. Already responding to being potted. I'm very impressed with the care you put into the packing. Thank you . (Posted on 21/01/2017)
Bertie Review by Susie
We have named this little chap Bertie. An amazing little specimen and he now has 13 flowers growing on him, a joy to watch him transform each and every day. Great buy for that something a little different in the garden, again came very well packaged thank you (Posted on 19/06/2016)

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Opuntia erinacea

Grizzly Bear Cactus, Grizzly Bear Prickly Pear, Old Man Prickly Pear, Old Man Cactus, Mojave Prickly Pear,
Size: ex 9cm pot - Large

Availability: In stock

£13.99

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