The Prickly Pear Cactus 6" (Opuntia ficus-indica), also known as a nopal cactus or paddle cactus, is characterized by its wide, flat branching pads. The pads, flowers, and fruit of most Prickly Pears are edible after they are cleaned.
Prickly pear plants are found in warm, dry climates found in the Southwest. The pads shrink and can look wilted in the winter, but they will rebound in the spring. Prickly Pear thrives in bright, direct sunlight and sandy, well-drained soil. Drought tolerant, you should water approximately once every four weeks. Pick a planter with a drain hole and saucer to allow for proper drainage.