The prickly pear cactus is a large, trunk-forming, segmented cactus that may grow to 5–7 metres (16–23 feet) with a crown of over 3 m (10 ft) in diameter and a trunk diameter of 1 m (1 yard). The pads are green to blue-green, bearing few spines up to 2.5 centimetres (1 inch) or may be spineless.Prickly pears typically grow with flat, rounded cladodes (also called platyclades) containing large, smooth, fixed spines and small, hairlike prickles that readily adhere to skin or hair, then detach from the plant.
- Moderate to bright light
- Water infrequently, about once a month
- Toxic if ingested.
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