Aguascalientes


Hello,
May I ask the help of your expertise?

unknownopuntia2

I am told this is a “Burbank Spineless” variety developed especially to feed cattle. But it has a serrated edge and a particularly interesting veining pattern in relief on the pads that I have never seen on any Opuntia. It does bloom yellow.

Thanks for your time,
John

John,

It looks to me that is most likely not one of the Luther Burbank clones, but is Opuntia undulata. A variable species from Mexico (probably Aguascalientes). In habitat it is said to get 10 feet tall. Here in Berkeley, it rarely gets over four feet tall, but I have only been growing it for about three years so maybe someday it will pile up that high…

Great plant, the young pads are great nopals and the fruit is tasty too.

Take care,

Hap


    
    
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