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Cactus: Prickly Pear - Variegated (Opuntia or Nopales) 4"

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Variegated Prickly Pear Cactus - A Striking Twist on a Classic 🌵🎨


Elevate your garden or home space with our stunning Variegated Prickly Pear Cactus! With the same succulent pads, vibrant flowers, and nutrient-rich fruit, this variegated version adds a new layer of visual interest: unique, stripy patterns across its green pads. Just like its classic counterpart, it’s an all-in-one plant that's as functional as it is beautiful.

What's In the Box

  • One Variegated Prickly Pear Cactus
  • Shipped in a 4" pot, ready to be transplanted

🌱 Plant Details

Growth & Zones

  • Average mature height: Up to 5 feet or pruned to your desired size
  • Light requirements: Full sun
  • Soil preference: Sandy, well-draining
  • Hardiness Zones: 4-10
  • Indoor Growing: Easily adaptable to patio or indoor settings

👅 Flavor Profile

  • Fruit: Sweet, tropical undertones
  • Pads (Nopales): Crisp and slightly tart, reminiscent of green beans

🍽 Culinary Uses

  • Fruit can be made into jellies, smoothies, and cocktails
  • Pads are excellent in stir-fries, salads, and stews

🌸 Fruiting Habits

  • Fruit volume: Moderate to High
  • Season: Late spring through early fall
  • Boosters: Well-drained soil and full sun exposure

🌿 Medicinal Benefits and Nutritional Profile

  • Rich in vitamins A, C, and K
  • Known for anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and wound-healing properties
  • High in fiber and antioxidants

📜 Folklore & Historical Uses

  • Used by Native Americans for centuries for its medicinal benefits
  • Known in some cultures as the “Plant of Life”

🏭 Industry Uses

  • Commonly used in skincare products
  • Used in traditional medicine and research

📚 Plant History and Origins

  • Native to the Americas, this variegated cultivar adds a unique, modern twist to a plant steeped in history and cultural significance.

👀 Plant Appeal

  • Leaf pattern: Striking variegation in shades of green and yellow
  • Overall texture: Smooth pads with small spikes; best handled with care!

🌱 Planting and Care

  • Best Practices: Plant in a larger pot or directly in well-draining soil.
  • Where to Plant: Outdoor garden, patios, or indoor pots
  • How to Plant: Plant in a hole twice the size of the root ball, fill with soil and water thoroughly.
  • Ongoing Care: Requires minimal watering and care; drought-resistant.

🏡 Local Customers

  • Available for pick-up from our physical location in Central Florida (34610 north of Tampa) Address & Details

Ideal for:

  • Garden enthusiasts looking for a conversation starter
  • Those interested in both ornamental and functional plants

Not Ideal for:

  • Those with limited space, as this plant can grow quite large
  • Anyone who is uncomfortable handling plants with spines
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Shipping Stress - Transport can cause stress to plants, especially if spending a few days in a dark stuffy box. Leaf drop may occur.  Most plants survive with no problems or with minimal stress and recover quickly others may require extra love and attention with watering and gentle light after unboxing.

Physical damage - Occasionally, boxes become damaged during UPS handling & transport. Our shipping team takes all measures in securely packing your selection/s to minimize all damage and stress on the plant.  We've had great feedback on packing your plants with extra special attention. Unfortunately, it's past our control beyond our packing house.  
In cases of serious box damage, please contact UPS within 30 days to start a claim.
If it's just a broken branch or even part of a stem - just let it grow, take care of your plant and it will respond to your love.

Shipping Long Distances -  Orders that are shipped to the western US can often take 4 to 6 business days for transport, including the delay of agricultural inspections in Arizona, California & Texas. Please note that the quality of tender young plants is more affected by the extra length of stress inside shipping boxes. Extra care is taken during packaging to ensure quick recovery after unboxing.  Often plants need extra care for the first few weeks after transport.  Please review our policy on returns & refunds for more information, as well as our plant care guide. 

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