Cow tongue prickly pear

Opuntia Species, Cow’s Tongue Prickly Pear Cactus

Category:

Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Foliage:

Deciduous

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Danger:

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

Gold (yellow-orange)

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown – Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown – Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

Unknown – Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Anniston, Alabama

Gadsden, Alabama

Eloy, Arizona

Goodyear, Arizona

Kingman, Arizona

Mesa, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Tempe, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Acton, California

Ontario, California

Sacramento, California

San Marino, California

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Wister, Oklahoma

Austin, Texas

El Paso, Texas

Kerrville, Texas

Munday, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Seattle, Washington

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Cow’s Tongue Plant Care: How To Grow A Prickly Pear Cow’s Tongue

Folks that live in hot climates often utilize native plants or plants that are drought tolerant. A great example is a cow’s tongue prickly pear (Opuntia lindheimeri or O. engelmannii var. linguiformis, also known as Opuntia linguiformis). Besides having a fabulous tongue in cheek name, prickly pear cow’s tongue is very tolerant of heat and dry conditions, plus it makes a great barrier. How do you grow a cow’s tongue cactus? Read on for some cow’s tongue plant care.

What is Cow’s Tongue Prickly Pear?

If you are familiar with the look of prickly pear cacti, then you have a good idea of how prickly pear cow’s tongue will look. It is a large, mounding cactus that can grow up to 10 feet (3 m.) in height. Branching are long, narrow pads that look almost exactly like, yep, a cow’s tongue seriously armed with spines.

Native to central Texas where it gets hot, cow’s tongue cactus produces yellow blossoms in the spring that give way to bright purplish-red fruit in the summer. Both the fruit and pads are edible and have been eaten by Native Americans for centuries. The fruit also attracts a variety of animals and has been used for livestock fodder during drought, wherein the spines are burned off so the cattle can eat the fruit.

Cow’s Tongue Plant Care

Cow’s tongue cactus looks great as a single specimen plant or massed in groups and is suited to rock gardens, xeriscapes, and as a protective barrier. It can be grown in USDA zones 8-11, perfect for Southwest deserts or grasslands below 6,000 feet (1,829 m.).

Grow cow’s tongue in dry, decomposed granite, sand, or clay-loam that is low in organic content. Soil should, however, be well-draining. Plant this cactus in full sun.

Propagation is from seed or pad. Broken pads can be used to start another plant. Just let the pad scab over for a week or so and then put it in soil.

Prickly pear cow’s tongue is drought tolerant so it rarely needs to be watered. Err on the low side of watering, about once per month, if at all, depending upon weather conditions.

Cows Tongue Cactus Stock Photos and Images

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  • Cow’s Tongue Prickly Pear Cactus – Opuntia engelmannii var linguiformis
  • Engelmann’s prickly pear / cow’s tongue cactus (Opuntia engelmannii) in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona, USA
  • yellow flower of Opuntia engelmannii
  • Cactus landscape with Saguaro cactuses (Carnegiea gigantea) and Engelmann’s Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia engelmannii)
  • Engelmann Prickly Pear or Texas Prickly Pear Photographed at the botanical Gardens in New Mexico
  • Cactus landscape with young Saguaro cactuses (Carnegiea gigantea) and Engelmann’s Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia engelmannii)
  • Las Salinas de Calpe salt flats at sunset with skyscrapers and cow tongue prickly pears (Opuntia engelmannii) (Calp, Marina Alta, Alicante, Spain)
  • Engelmann’s prickly pear cactus (Opuntia engelmannii), saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) behind, sunset, Sonora desert, Tucson
  • Prickly pear fruit
  • Cactus landscape with young Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) and Engelmann’s Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia engelmannii)
  • Close-up of Opuntia engelmanniio or prickly pear cactus
  • Engelmann’s prickly pear cactus (Opuntia engelmannii), saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) behind, sunset, Sonora desert, Tucson
  • farm appliance for gathering succulent prickly pears from cactus plants, Menorca, Spain
  • Arizona. Tucson. Cow’S Tongue Prickly Pear Cactus.
  • Cow’s Tongue Prickly Pear Cactus Opuntia engelmannii var linguiformis
  • Engelmann’s prickly pear / cow’s tongue cactus (Opuntia engelmannii) in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona, USA
  • yellow flower of Opuntia engelmannii
  • Engelmann Prickly Pear or Texas Prickly Pear Photographed at the botanical Gardens in New Mexico
  • Engelmann Prickly Pear or Texas Prickly Pear Photographed at the botanical Gardens in New Mexico
  • Pricky pear fruit
  • Close-up of Opuntia engelmanniio or prickly pear cactus
  • Engelmann’s prickly pear / cow’s tongue cactus (Opuntia engelmannii) in flower in spring, Sonoran desert, Arizona, USA
  • yellow flower of Opuntia engelmannii
  • Engelmann Prickly Pear or Texas Prickly Pear Photographed at the botanical Gardens in New Mexico
  • Engelmann’s Prickly Pear Cactus Blossoms Photographed in early summer at the Botanical Gardens in New Mexico
  • Engelmann’s prickly pear / cow’s tongue cactus / Texas prickly pear (Opuntia engelmannii) in spring, Sonoran desert, Arizona, US
  • yellow flower of Opuntia engelmannii
  • Engelmann’s prickly pear / cow’s tongue cactus (Opuntia engelmannii) close up of flower and buds in spring, Sonoran desert, USA
  • Engelmann’s Prickly Pear Cactus Blossoms Photographed in early summer at the Botanical Gardens in New Mexico
  • Engelmann’s Prickly Pear Cactus Blossoms Photographed in early summer at the Botanical Gardens in New Mexico
  • yellow flower of Opuntia engelmannii
  • Engelmann’s prickly pear / cow’s tongue cactus (Opuntia engelmannii) pads in flower in spring, Sonoran desert, Arizona, USA
  • Staghorn cholla (Opuntia versicolor) and Engelmann’s prickly pear (Opuntia engelmannii) cacti, Sonoran desert, Arizona, USA
  • Engelmann’s Prickly Pear Cactus Blossoms Photographed in early summer at the Botanical Gardens in New Mexico
  • Engelmann Prickly Pear or Texas Prickly Pear Photographed at the botanical Gardens in New Mexico

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