My Colby-Sawyer Experience

“We are used to working with sick patients in the hospital setting, so it was nice to see the other end of the spectrum and be able to raise awareness among the students.”
Sandra Guglielmi, Nursing major

Opuntia engelmannii

Height: 5'

Stem: Stems spread 15' in diameter. The pads are green to blue-green and oblong shaped. Pads grow up to 16" long, 9" wide. The spines are ash-grey, 3" long and can be flat, curved or straight. They also have tiny, barbed hairs known as glochids common to all prickly-pears and chollas.

Flowers/Fruit: In bloom April to June. The flower is bright yellow and 3 1/4" wide. It is found on the on the edge of the pad and contains many petals. The fruit is purplish-red and cylindrical 3" long.

Form/Habitat: Found in the sandy soils of the flats, valleys and hills of the grasslands and deserts from 1,500' to 7,500'. They range from southern California to western Texas.

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