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Opuntia santa-rita Tubacâ„¢

Purple Prickly Pear

This cactus grows at low elevations in southern Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico. Rounded pads are a soft blue-grey color in the warm months, deepening to a rich purple in the winter. Clusters of glochids dot the pads, and a handful of long spines line the upper edges. Yellow blossoms in the spring are followed by purple fleshy fruits. Plant in full sun and provide good drainage.