Also known as
Hardy Dwarf Cactus , Hardy Prickly Pear
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Cochineal Cactus Overview
Opuntia tuna is a perennial cactus species from the Cactaceae family. This species originates from Jamaica. It is commonly known by the names Cochineal Cactus, Hardy Dwarf Cactus and Hardy Prickly Pear. This plant grows to between 3-5m tall and produces rounded and flattened, succulent stems. Flowers are only produced on mature plants, these are orange-yellow and lead onto fruits coloured green-yellow to red.