Spineless Prickly Pear Cactus.The Spineless Prickly Pear Cactus is very adaptable to non-desert situations . It will thrive in marginal soils and gets quite large if watered. Mature specimens can reach 16 feet!! In fact, ours gets so top heavy every few years that it collapses and roots itself in where it fell !! This variety has no spines, but it does have small prickly hairs which can be rubbed off after harvesting. The fruit is traditionally eaten and the paddle shaped leaves are used medicinally. Eaten as a vegetable and used as fodder for livestock!! Historically used to draw out infection in wounds and as a poultice for burns and various skin ailments. Eating the fruits has been shown to lower blood glucose levels and the fruits are prepared in numerous ways from pickled to jelly, while the young Prickly Pear pads can be peeled and added to salsas and salads. Plant in full sun with good drainage. Hardy to Zone 9.