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Opuntia violacea var. santa-rita /Santa-Rita Prickly Pear

Opuntia violacea var. santa-rita  / Opuntia violacea var. santa-rita
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Colorful leaf pads on this cactus

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Scientific Name: Opuntia violacea var. santa-rita
Common Name: Santa-Rita Prickly Pear
Plant Type: Evergreen
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Yellow
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Fruit color: Red, Purple
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Yes
Landscape Categories: Plants for Xeriscapes
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Comments: Pads of this cactus have a bluish tint and in winter or times of drought turn red or purple. Xeriscape plant that seldom needs irrigation, once it is established.