Prickly Pear Cactus is not a pasture weed issue everywhere in Florida, but if you have them, they can be one of the most difficult weeds to control. Prickly Pear Cactus can reproduce through fragmentation, meaning that each pad can separate from the “mother plant” and set roots, and become a new plant. Because Prickly Pear Cactus can spread through fragmentation, mowing will cause major issues and result in rapid spreading of this cactus throughout the mowed field.
For help identifying weeds or developing a control plan for your operation, please contact your county extension agent.
For more information on this topic please see the following UF/IFAS Publication: