Opuntia Polyacantha grows up to 16 feet tall. It forms low mats of erect or spreading pads. The succulent green pads are oval or circular.
Its areoles are tipped with woolly brown fibers and glochids. The areoles spines are of variable in size and shape. They can be stout or thin, straight or curling, and a variety of colors.
The flowers can be yellow or magenta in color. The fruit is cylindrical, brownish, dry, spiny, fleshy and edible.
Opuntia Polyacantha generally prefers hot temperatures, but will tolerate a wide range of temperatures.
Water: Every 2-3 weeks only. Drought Tolerant
Soil: Opuntia Polyacantha prefers sandy/gritty soils, and prefers well-drained soil.
Light: Medium - Full Sun, can be grown indoors but in bright spot
Younger Optunia do well in bright sunlight. Mature planter prefer full sun. Growing Opuntia Polyacantha indoors requires as much direct sunlight as possible, west or south facing windows tend to do best.
Size: 40-65cm, comes in regular nursery pot size 20cm