Santa Rita Prickly Pear


Opuntia violaceae

 'santa rita'   


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Form: Cactus
Seasonality: Evergreen
Size: 5ft tall and 5 ft wide
Leaves: Flat round pads, to 8in long; new growth is reddish or purple, mature pads off-green; in fall all pads may be purple; areoles evenly spaced about 1in apart;

Flowers: Orangey yellow, 3.5in diameter, along edge of pads
Fruit: Oblong, purplish, plump, 1in tall 1/2in in diameter;
Stems/Trunks: Generally not trunk forming; large, clump-forming, segmented
Range/Origin: Arizona, Texas, New Mexico and Sonora Mexico
Hardiness: Sunset Zones; 3, 7-24

Comments: Low litter, small thorns



  • Exposure: Full sun
  • Water: Low
  • Soil: Tolerant, good drainage
  • Propagation: Pads or larger segments
  • Maintenance: Minimal


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