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Opuntia basilaris x violacea (Charles B.)


Opuntia basilaris x violacea has large, light blue pads that flush with pink.

This hybrid is a cross of the beavertail cactus (Opuntia basilaris) which often has bluish pads and the violet pricklypear (O. violacea or O. gosseliniana) which flushes with beautiful tones of lavender pink. The result is an intermediate, nearly spineless plant with large, pale bluish pads that flush with lavender pink. Flowers could be yellow or magenta. Our plant has not yet bloomed. Plant in full sun in sharply draining soil. Protect from winter rain on the West Coast. O. basilaris is hardy to zone 4 or 5 and O. violacea to zone 7 or 8. This hybrid will likely be intermediate.

Common Name: Hybrid Cactus

Family: Cactaceae (The Cactus Family)

Zone Hardiness: 6-9

Light: Full Sun

Height: 8-12"

Width: 12-24"

Primary Bloom Colour: Pink

Secondary Bloom Colour: Yellow

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: Yes

Native Habitat: Dry prairies, sandhills, and rocky areas.


Geogrpahical Origin: Miscellaneous - Garden Origin

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