Opuntia polyacantha [red/black spines]

Also known as:

  • Opuntia x rutila [red/black spines]

Plant Type

cactus / succulent

Zones

4a-12

Size

H:12"
W:12"

Growing Conditions

Soil Needs:

lean, well-drained, gritty

Water Needs:

low, dry in winter

Sun Exposure:

sun, bright shade

Special Situation:

heat tolerant, verticillium wilt resistant

Features

Flower Color:

yellow

Foliage Color:

green

Wildlife:

hummingbirds

Flower Season:

spring

Texture:

glaucous

Foliage Season:

evergreen

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Mediterranean climate, southern hemisphere, hardy tropical plants, and more.

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This so far unnamed hybrid was an early Colorado Plateau collection by plantsman Claude Barr. Stout orange-red and black spines mark pads roughly 3" long, the elongation suggesting parentage by O. polycantha and O. fragilis. Mid spring, yellow flowers fade to apricot. Wonderful for small rock gardens with the usual cactus conditions -- sun, lean and well-drained soil, and little or no summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 4.

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