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Opuntia santa-rita Tubac™ (Purple Prickly Pear)

Opuntia santa-rita Tubac™
Purple Prickly Pear, Santa Rita Prickly Pear

This cactus grows at low elevations in southern Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico. Rounded pads are a soft blue-grey color in the warm months, deepening to a rich purple in the winter. Clusters of glochids dot the pads, and a handful of long spines line the upper edges. Yellow blossoms in the spring are followed by purple fleshy fruits. Plant in full sun and provide good drainage.

Plant Type Native, Cactus / Succulent
Exposure Full Sun
Water Needs Low
Hardiness Zone Zone 8 (10° F)
Flower Color Yellow
Flower Season Spring, Summer
Growth Rate Moderate, Slow
Height 4 (ft)
Spread 6 (ft)
Spacing 5' - 10' (ft)
Characteristics Showy
Attracts Bees, Wildlife
Maintenance Low
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Tolerance Dry Soil
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Image by: Monrovia
Image by: Monrovia
Image by: Monrovia
Image by: Monrovia

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