Indian fig (Opuntia ficus-indica)

Also known as: prickly pear



Indian fig was brought into Australia from South America almost 200 year ago. The plant has never caused any problems to rural production. It spreads slowly and is easily eradicated.

Indian Fig was removed from the list of prohibited plants in 1978 and its fruit is grown commercially.


Indian fig can grow upto 7 meters in height. The pads are are bluish-green in colour with no or very few short spines and the flowers are yellow. The plant flowers late spring-summer and the fruit is egg-shaped to oval with depressed top, yellow, orange, red or purple, depending on cultivar, when ripe.

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Herbicide options

Contact your local council weeds officer for control advice for Indian fig (Opuntia ficus-indica).

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Legal requirements

The content provided here is for information purposes only and is taken from the Noxious Weeds Act 1993.

All species in the Opuntia genus are declared.

Area Class Legal requirements
Griffith 4 Locally Controlled Weed
Volunteer plants must be managed in a manner that continuously inhibits the ability of the plant to spread

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For technical advice and assistance with identification please contact your local council weeds officer.
For further information call the NSW Invasive Plants and Animals Enquiry Line on 1800 680 244 or send an email to

Reviewed 2014