Opuntia violacea 'Santa Rita'
This low-growing prickly pear cactus forms large clumps and has a short trunk growing to heights of two to five feet with an equal spread. It produces flat, round, reddish-purple pads that grow to eight inches. The color of the pads intensifies when the plant is stressed by cold weather or drought conditions. During the summer months, the pads are a softer bluish-gray color. The pads will not always develop spines but spines may be present along its perimeters and areoles. Its flowers are orange-red in color and appear in late spring. After flowering, the plant develops an oblong, purple, plump fruit. Use it as colorful accent in containers or as a silhouette against white or light colored walls. It provides great color in winter, when other plants are dormant. This cactus plant also looks interesting in attractive containers where water is sparse. This cactus is native to Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, and Sonora, Mexico at elevations of 2,000 to 4,000 feet.
Light : Full Sun
- Water : Water only when soil is dry to touch. Increase water during active growth period If your container does not have drainage holes make sure not to overwater.
- Plant Tip : It is hardy to fifteen degrees Fahrenheit or lower. The Santa Rita prickly pear is drought-resistant but needs supplemental, monthly irrigation during the hot, dry summer.
Size : 16 x 23”
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