Beavertail Pricklypear (Opuntia basilaris)


Beavertail Pricklypear

Opuntia basilaris

The Beavertail Pricklypear is a colorful cactus with blue-green colored flattened cactus pads that resemble its namesake’s tail! Native to the Southwest, Opuntia basilaris is often found flourishing in our local Anza Borrego desert and are an excellent choice for landscaping throughout Southern California. Showy magenta flowers bloom from spring to early summer, adding a nice splash of color into any size landscape! During winter, it will turn to a light purple color, providing seasonal color change that adds to its year-round interest. This slow growing, versatile cactus is very easy to care for, so it’s a favorite for both homeowners and landscapers alike looking for the perfect complement to any water-wise landscape! We love to use them as hedges or in bird gardens!

An evergreen, Beavertail Pricklypear love to grow where there’s full sun exposure and do just fine growing in partial shade, too. Naturally, it loves the heat and in places where water is a precious commodity, such as SoCal, it’s a valuable plant for all types of landscape themes. Once established, it will have low to moderate watering needs and requires little care, so plant them and let nature do the rest!

Fun fact: Opuntia provides both a deliciously sweet fruit called tunas as well as nopales, a vegetable commonly found in eateries throughout Southern California!

Beavertail Pricklypear cacti can be harder to find at local nurseries. People that love this cactus will be happy to know that we have been growing them for over 20 years, and have them available right now! We custom grow ours from our premium quality private stock, so we can assure their quality is the best you’ll find anywhere!

  • Also known as the Beavertail cactus
  • A colorful cactus with blue-green colored flattened cactus pads
  • Showy magenta flowers bloom from spring to early summer
  • Loves the heat
  • Cold hardy
  • Slow growing
  • Low maintenance plant


Blooms in spring through the summer

Full sun