Nopales Cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica)
Nopales Cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica)
Nopales Cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica)
Nopales Cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica)

Nopales Cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica)

Regular price $14.95

Live Nopales Fruiting Cactus Plant
Ships in 100% Biodegradable 4" Coconut Fiber Planter

Nopal is an ornamental fruiting cactus plant cultivated for it's pads, or nopales.  Pads are used like a veggie in Mexican cuisine and have a flavor similar to asparagus and green beans.  It is native to the semi-arid areas of the Americas and is now grown abundantly in Mexico, the Mediterranean and in other subtropical regions. 

Cactus fruit is sweet and juicy and rich in antioxidants, with a beautiful deep red color both inside and out. The flavor can be likened to strawberry and watermelon. Prickly Pear fruit can be peeled and eaten raw or made into syrup, jelly, jam, candy, dried, juiced, or even fermented into beer, wine or kombucha! The fruit is high in amino acids, fiber, B vitamins, magnesium, iron, water, carbohydrates,  protein, minerals, vitamin C, and beta carotene.

Looking for an attractive, useful and edible plant to line your property with?  Look no further because Prickly Pear also makes a beautiful hedge!  It can tolerate a wide range of soil types, temperature and moisture levels, however it grows best in sunny, dry, desert-like conditions. On average, Prickly Pear cactus plants will grow to be about 7 ft tall to 7 ft wide. Pads range from 4 to 10 inches and fruit can grow to be about the size of a fist.  

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Can I pick up my order at the nursery? 
Use code LOCALPICKUP at checkout and schedule your pickup date/time HERE. If the appointment is confirmed, you're good to go.  If it is denied, we will ask you to reschedule and provide an alternative day/time.  There are no same day pickups.  

Order Processing & Shipping Schedule
Orders are processed and shipped at the beginning of each week via 1-3 Day USPS Priority Mail.  Average order processing time before shipment ranges from 1-14 days.  During the Spring and Summer, processing/shipping can take up to 4 weeks.

Tracking information
A confirmation email with tracking information will be sent immediately upon shipment. You can track the progress of your order online anytime by logging in to your account. Delivery confirmation will be emailed when your plants have reached their destination, so you never miss a beat!

Shipping Cost
Shipping will be calculated at checkout and varies based on order weight and your distance from the nursery.  Shipping is combined for multiple plants. The more you grow, the more you save!

Shipping to Hawaii & Puerto Rico
Sow Exotic now ships almost all of our fruiting and medicinal plants to Hawaii and Puerto Rico!  Plants will ship bare root every Monday through Wednesday via 1-3 Day USPS Priority Mail.  No heat packs necessary. Due to USDA restrictions, here's the list of plants that don't make the cut:
Can't ship to Puerto Rico: Coffee, Palm, Banana
Can't ship to Hawaii: Pineapple, Palm, Papaya, Coffee, Banana, Passionfruit
All the other cool stuff: good to go! 🌈 🌿📦📪 

For more frequently asked questions visit our FAQ's page.

Weather Holds
Orders placed in colder climate zones during the winter months will automatically be placed on hold until Spring or when temperatures in your area are above freezing on the expected date of delivery.  

Heat Packs
Heat packs can be purchased separately to avoid cold weather delays.
If you live in a colder climate and do not want to wait until Spring to get your new plants, we recommend adding a heat pack to your order. Your plants will ship as scheduled and arrive safely, with no risk of freezing on the way to your front door.

Plant Care

Plant Type: Fruiting Cactus

Harvest Season: Spring, Summer

Mature Size: 5-10 ft tall and 10-15 ft wide

Soil & Moisture: Dry, sandy, well-draining soil.  Prickly Pear Cactus plants thrive in a cactus soil blend or even rough pumice.

Exposure: Full Sun


Climate Zones: USDA plant hardiness Zones 7-11

Patio Planting Zones: 4+

All of our tropical fruiting plants can be grown in small or large containers in northern zones or planted outside in warmer climates.