Taxon  Report   5946    
Opuntia phaeacantha  Engelm.
Brown spined prickly pear,  Mojave prickly pear, Tulip pricklypear
Opuntia phaeacantha, a dicot, is a shrub (stem succulent) that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

Bloom Period
Genus: Opuntia
Communities: Joshua Tree Woodland, Pinyon-Juniper Woodland
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
JEF + PLANTS: Opuntia phaeacantha var. major
JEF: Opuntia littoralis var. piercei
PLANTS: Opuntia arizonica
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More information about  Opuntia phaeacantha
Nursery availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Jepson eFlora


Emergency Outdoors Edible Wild Plants:  Fruit Raw, cooked or dried for later use. Juicy. They can be made into a jelly or baked with sugar, cinnamon etc. The fruit is pear-shaped and up to 8cm x 4cm.

Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Nov 21, 2019).