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Santa-Rita Tubac™ Prickly Pear

Opuntia violacea var. santa-rita

Large, beautiful yellow flowers rest on the outer edges of spine-covered, fleshy succulent pads. In winter the pads turn to a rich purple color and return to a soft blue-gray with warmer weather. An excellent choice for year-round beauty in arid xeric landscapes or containers. Evergreen.
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8-11: Outdoor
Grow Indoors in all zones

Good to Grow: 9


Full sun

Let soil dry completely between waterings.


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Botanical Pronunciationop-UN-shee-a vy-oh-LAH-see-uh
LorePrickly 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 MaturitySlow to moderate growing; forms clumps 4 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeLate Spring to Early Summer
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleMediterranean, Rustic
Growth HabitColumnar
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBarrier, Container, Houseplant
Light NeedsFull sun
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Waterwise
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsLet soil dry completely between waterings.
Companion PlantsAgave (Agave); Hens & Chicks (Echeveria); Sedum (Sedum); Red Yucca (Hesperaloe); Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe)

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: ALL

USDA Cold Hardiness Zone Map

Your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone: 9

Grow Indoors in All Zones

Grow Outdoors in Zones: 8-11