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Opuntia 'Baby Rita'


Opuntia 'Baby Rita' is a stunning hybrid w/ blue-green pads accented w/ glowing tones of pinkish purple & multi-coloured flowers.

Opuntia 'Baby Rita' is a stunning hybrid between the Santa Rita prickly pear, O. santa-rita, and the beavertail cactus, O. basilaris, and likely one of the most beautiful of the cold hardy prickly pears. It is a compact plant with four inch long, blue-green pads that take on glowing tones of pinkish purple with heat stress in summer and cool temperatures in winter. The flowers are multi-coloured in tones of apricot, copper, and glowing pink. Plant in full sun in sharply draining soil.

Common Name: Prickly Pear

Family: Cactaceae (The Cactus Family)

Zone Hardiness: 6-10

Light: Full Sun

Height: 8-12"

Width: 8-12"

Primary Bloom Colour: Pink

Secondary Bloom Colour: Orange

Class: Evergreen

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Summer

Soil Moisture: Dry, Drought Tolerant

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: No

Berries: No

Benefits: Bees

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: Miscellaneous - Garden Origin

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