Indian Fig Prickly Pear Cactus Seeds (Opuntia ficus-indica) 20+Seeds
Indian Fig Prickly Pear Cactus-The origin of Opuntia ficus-indica is not known, probably Mexico, where it has been cultivated back to prehistoric times for about 8,000 years. The plant spread to many parts of the Americas in pre-Columbian times, and since Columbus, have spread all over the warm areas of the world, especially the Mediterranean Sea, about the Red Sea, in southern Africa, and in Australia, either cultivated for their fruits and for forage or as escapes. This spread was facilitated by the carrying of nopales (stem segments) on ships to prevent scurvy. It has also been extensively developed horticulturally. Noxious populations of this (and similar) species have been prolific in some areas; in Australia and parts of Africa, they are pests worthy of extermination.
Altitude: Cultivated from sea level to about 1500 metres above sea level.
Habitat: Opuntia ficus-indica is extremely adaptable and thrives in droughty conditions, erratic rainfall and poor soils subject to erosion but it cannot withstand salinity and water-logging Opuntia ficus-indica. It is also sensitive to freezing temperatures but extremely tolerant to high temperatures.
Indian Fig Prickly Pear Cactus Seeds