Smooth Prickly Pear Details

Smooth Prickly Pear

  • Botanical Name: Opuntia ellisiana
  • Plant Type: Shrub
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun, Partial Shade
  • Water Demand: Very Low
  • Landscape Use: Rock Garden, Focal Point/Specimen Plant, Salt Tolerant
  • Ornamental Value: Yellow, Red
  • Native/Adapted: Native
  • Wildlife Value: Hummingbirds
  • Season: Summer
  • Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
  • Plant Form: Upright, Spreading
  • Plant Spread: 5'
  • Plant Height: 4'


Even though the plant is spineless, it has tiny stickers that can irritate the skin. Bright yellow flowers in the summer followed by bright red fruit in the fall. Showy architectural plant.

Shrub Care Guide

Smooth Prickly Pear Photos