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Santa Rita Prickly Pear
Scientific Name: Opuntia santa-rita (Griffiths & Hare) A. Rose
Synonym: Opuntia violacea var. santa-rita, Opuntia gosseliniana var. santa-rita, Opuntia chlorotica var. santa-rita
Family: Cactaceae
Santa Rita Prickly Pear (Opuntia  santa-rita) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 8-10, 12-24
USDA: 7-10

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 0F (-18C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Texas to Arizona, northern Mexico (Coahuila, Durango)

Growth Habits: Succulent to 3 feet high (90 cm), 6 feet across (1.8 m)

Watering Needs: little or no water once established

Propagation: Seeds or cuttings

The Santa Rita Prickly Pear is a hardy species from southern USA and northern Mexico. Its main interest is the attractive purplish color of its pads. Beware that the glochids (these little barbed bristles organized in clusters) can penetrate the skin.

Santa Rita Prickly Pear (Opuntia  santa-rita)

Blooming Habits:
Yellow flowers in spring.

Fruiting Habits:

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