Santa-Rita Tubac™ Prickly Pear
Opuntia violacea var. santa-rita
Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
Your plant(s) will begin shipping to New York on March 12th, 2021. As all of our plants are actively growing, we will only deliver them once they meet our rigorous quality and size standards.
|Botanical Pronunciation||op-UN-shee-a vy-oh-LAH-see-uh|
|Lore||Prickly pear cactus has been a staple of the Mexican and Central American diet for thousands of years. In parts of the U.S. it has been gaining popularity as an exotic, gourmet and healthy addition to one's diet. The prickly pear plant has three different edible sections: the pad of the cactus (nopal), which can be treated like a vegetable, the petals of the flowers, which can be added to salads, and the pear (tuna), which can be treated like a fruit.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Slow to moderate growing; forms clumps 4 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.|
|Bloom Time||Late Spring to Early Summer|
|Flower Attribute||Showy Flowers|
|Garden Style||Mediterranean, Rustic|
|Landscape Use||Barrier, Container, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Houseplant, Rock Garden|
|Light Needs||Full sun|
|Special Feature||Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Gift Plant, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Heat Loving|
|Watering Needs||Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.|
|Key Feature||Vibrant Desert Plant|
Grows easily in average to lean, rocky, unimproved, fast-draining soils with low moisture. Water regularly during the first growing season to establish root system, allowing soil to become fairly dry between intervals. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates drought. Avoid excess winter moisture. Fertilize sparingly in spring.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 8 - 11