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Opuntia robusta

Prickly pear

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Features

  • BloomsApril to July
  • Height2m to 3m
  • Spread2m to 3m
  • Growth HabitCactus-like
  • Flower ColourYellow
  • Leaf ColourSilvery blue

Description

Opuntia robusta (Prickly pear). A shrubby perennial cactus with round to oval, blue green flattened segments. Yellow flowers are bowl-shaped appearing in late spring and summer followed by deep red smooth fruits.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Cactus

Origin

N & S. America

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Humus-rich, Gritty
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They will thrive in hot, dry conditions in moderately fertile, gritty, humus-rich, well-drained soil with full sun. You can propagate from seed.

Propagation

You can propagate by seeds or stem cuttings in spring or summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to scale insects and mealy bugs.

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