Opuntia santa-rita
Opuntia santa-rita
Opuntia santa-rita
Opuntia santa-rita
Opuntia santa-rita

Opuntia santa-rita

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Blunt-spined prickly pear, Long-spined prickly pear, Purple prickly pear, Santa Rita candle cactus, Santa Rita prickly pear, Violet prickly pear 

An upright bushy succulent shrub with colorful pads.  This cactus blooms April through August.  Will grow 6 feet high and 6 feet wide with a moderate growth rate depending on soil quality (slower in clay soils).

-Plant in full sun

-Water to establish, then no additional irrigation needed. 

-Well drained soils

-Deer resistant

-Hardy to 25 degrees

-Drought tolerant

-Native to American Southwest to Mexico