Opuntia: How to Grow and Care for Orange Chiffon

Opuntia Orange Chiffon

Scientific name: Opuntia

Common name: Orange Chiffon

The cactus is tall and wide in the shrub. The cactus pad is purple in the cold. There are orange flowers in the spring.

Quick Look at Opuntia

  • Full sun to partial shade
  • Typical water needs for a succulent
  • Plant grows up to 2 ft (61 cm) tall
    Plant grows up to 4 ft (1.2 m) wide
  • Zone 5a (Minimum -20°F | -28.8° C)
  • Not cold hardy
  • Propagation by cuttings
  • Generally non-toxic to people and pets. Be careful around spines
  • Winter dormant

General Care for Opuntia ‘Orange Chiffon’

Opuntia ‘Orange Chiffon’ is a great shrub-like cactus that creates natural barriers in your yard.


Opuntia should receive less water during the winter. The “soak and dry” method will allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.

Where to Plant

The Orange Chiffon is frost tolerant. It does well in both full and partial sun.

There is an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day.

How to Propagate Opuntia ‘Orange Chiffon’

To grow Opuntia, use a sterile knife or scissors. Allow the main plant’s stem to callous for several days before placing it on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried out.

In this post, you can learn more about cactus pads.


  1. Opuntia (Orange Chiffon) – Wikipedia

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