The Mohave Prickly Pear Cactus is a
member of the Opuntia genus.
The plant grows to 1 foot
height and 3 feet wide and has wide, flat, oblong pads to 5 inches in
length covered with white spines to 3.5 inches long that give the plant
its name. The cactus grows in deserts, desert grasslands, and juniper
woodlands, in alluvial, sandy or gravelly soils at elevations between
3000 - 7000 feet.
The Mohave Prickly Pear Cactus is
also known as a Porcupine Prickly Pear
The Mohave Prickly Pear Cactus blooms in late spring and
produces a bright magenta or yellow flower to 3 inches in width
followed by an elliptical fruit to 1.25 inches in length.