Sun or partial shade. Evergreen, with yellow, red or orange flowers generally starting in June, followed by maroon fruits which will keep your mockingbirds busy for months. Prickly pear is a robust accent in a sunny area and makes a great wildlife attractant as well as a burglar bar. It’s also a very easy evergreen shrub to grow; just take a pad from your favorite landmark prickly pear and plant it about 1″ deep in a well-drained pot or directly in the ground. It tolerates sand and rock. Plan on watering 3x the first month to help the roots establish. Give it room; it can be cut back as needed, but it’s better to plan ahead so you won’t have to.

More Plants