The Opuntia hybrid called Opuntia x ‘Kelly’s Choice’ is a cross between the prickly pear Bunny Ears and Beavertail. Hardy in the Tucson and Green Valley areas down to 15 degrees, this attractive prickly pear makes a nice addition to desert landscaping as it has the quality characteristics of both the Bunny Ears and Beavertail.
‘Kelly’s Choice’ Prickly Pear has the blue-green pads of the Beavertail, and the glochids of the Bunny Ears. The flowers are also similar to the Beavertail, as they are an intense magenta to pink, making a spectacular spring show.
Use all prickly pear cactus in areas where you want desert landscaping, but keep far away from where people walk, sit or congregate. Glochids embedded in the skin are the most difficult kind of spines to remove. A thin coat of white glue left to dry, then ripped off, is one way to remove. Duct tape might work as well.
Reference: Mountain States Wholesale Nursery and Gregg Starr Nursery Plant Info Sheet, 1999.