Opuntia fragilis 'Alberta Sunset' has yellow flowers aging to apricot and pink with nearly spineless pads.
Fragile prickly pear (Opuntia fragilis) is widespread across western North America and occurs in all Canadian provinces from Ontario west plus the western half of the US. It has small pads that can be cylindrical (usually in the BC interior) or larger and somewhat flattened (BC coastal forms). The pads can be upright or prostrate. In summer they produce bright yellow cactus flowers. This is the most northerly of all cactus species occurring only 8 degrees of latitude south of the Arctic Circle in Alberta. Plant in full sun in sharply draining soil. 'Alberta Sunset' is a Claude Barr selection from the northern Great Plains with nearly spineless pads and flowers beginning bold yellow aging to sunset tones of apricot and pink.
Common Name: Brittle Prickly Pear
Family: Cactaceae (The Cactus Family)
Zone Hardiness: 3-9
Light: Full Sun
Primary Bloom Colour: Yellow
Secondary Bloom Colour: Orange
Bloom Time: Summer
Soil Moisture: Dry, Drought Tolerant
Deer Resistant: Yes
BC Native: Yes
Native Habitat: Dry prairies, sandhills and rocks.
Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - North America
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