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Opuntia microdasys var. lubrica

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

Synonym:Opuntia lubrica

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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

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral Xenomorf 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.

Regional...

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

Phoenix, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona



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