This specific opuntia is in our yard. Last year I almost lost this very large and extremely heavy cactus. I ended up tying it up against a cinder block fence and managed to keep the roots intact and buried sufficiently. As a result it has taken off this spring with numerous new pads and blooms. We may even get some "tuna" fruit off of it this year.
''Opuntia ficus-indica'' is a species of cactus that has long been a domesticated crop plant important in agricultural economies throughout arid and semiarid parts of the world. It is thought to possibly be native to Mexico. Some of the common English names for the plant and its fruit are Indian fig opuntia, barbary fig, and prickly pear, although this last name has also been applied to other less common ''Opuntia'' species.