Nopales Cactus (Opuntia matudae)

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Nopal is an fruiting cactus plant cultivated for it's edible pads.  The cactus pads are a common ingredient in numeous Mexican dishes.  They are used like a veggie and have a flavor similar to asparagus and green beans. 

Nopal is a common name in Spanish for Opuntia cacti, as well as for its pads. There are approximately one hundred and fourteen known species native to the semi-arid areas of the Americas.  It's grown abundantly in Mexico, as well as the Mediterranean and other semi-arid to sub-topical regions.

Looking for an attractive, useful and edible plant to line your property with?  Look no further because Nopal Cacti make 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, Nopal cactus plants will grow to be about 7 ft tall to 7 ft wide. The edible pads range on average from 4 to 10 inches and fruit can grow to be about the size of a fist.  

Plant Type
Fruiting Cactus

Harvest Season
Spring - Summer

Mature Size
Up to 10 ft. tall and 15 ft. wide

Soil & Moisture
Dry, sandy, well-draining soil. Thrives in a cactus soil blend or even rough pumice.

Light Requirements
Full Sun


Growth Rate

Zone Hardiness
Outdoors 7-11; Patio/Greenhouse 4+


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