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Opuntia macrorhiza (Charles B.)


Opuntia macrorhiza (Charles B.) has rich, tangerine orange flowers.

Opuntia macrorhiza is supposed to have yellow flowers sometimes with a reddish orange base to the petals. This form that came to us with the name "(Charles B.)" has rich, tangerine orange flowers and rounded green pads with cinnamon spines. Whatever the exact identity of this prickly pear, it sure is beautiful. Requires full sun with very sharp, careful drainage as this species is a cliff dweller. Much more drought tolerant than other cactus.

Common Name: Plains Prickly Pear

Family: Cactaceae (The Cactus Family)

Zone Hardiness: 3-9

Light: Full Sun

Height: 8-12"

Width: 3-5'

Primary Bloom Colour: Orange

Secondary Bloom Colour: Yellow

Class: Evergreen

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Summer

Soil Moisture: Dry, Drought Tolerant

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: No

Berries: Yes

Berries: Purple

Benefits: Bees

Deer Resistant: Yes

BC Native: Yes

Native Habitat: Cliff dweller


Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - North America

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