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Opuntia
Opuntia microdasys var. lubrica

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Opuntia (op-UN-shee-a) (Info)
Species: microdasys var. lubrica
Synonym:Opuntia lubrica

Category:

Perennials

Cactus and Succulents

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Apr 14, 2011, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Native to southern AZ and Mexico. Different than O. microdasys, O. rufida, O. santa-rita in that it has larger pads, sprawling growth habit, turns purple in the wintertime and has a shiny epidermis. Some of the plants in Arizona are very purplish and even more so when stressed. It has all yellow flowers. Opuntiads.com has a good write-up on it. It's origins may be a mixture of a few of those previously mentioned species along with O. chlorotica in the mix. Anderson (2001) and Wikipedia both list lubrica as a synonym of O. microdasys. But Anderson only went down to the species level and not the variety level with O. microdasys.