Opuntia x rutila has 3" long pads turning purplish in winter with fiery orange spines & mid pink flowers.
This selection of Opuntia x rutila, a hybrid of O. polyacantha and O. fragilis, from the western Colorado plateau is a robust plant with three inch long pads that darken in winter with purple. The spines emerge fiery orange aging to rust and white. The flowers are mid pink. Plant in full sun in sharply draining soil.
Common Name: Prickly Pear
Family: Cactaceae (The Cactus Family)
Zone Hardiness: 3-10
Light: Full Sun
Primary Bloom Colour: Pink
Secondary Bloom Colour: Yellow
Bloom Time: Summer
Soil Moisture: Dry, Drought Tolerant
Deer Resistant: Yes
BC Native: No
Native Habitat: From the Canadian prairies and Great Plains of the US through the Western US to the Chihuahua Desert of northern Mexico in a wide range of habitat types.
Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - North America
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