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PlantFiles: Opuntia robusta monstrosa
Opuntia robusta 'Monstrosa'

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Opuntia (op-UN-shee-a) (Info)
Species: robusta (roh-BUS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Monstrosa

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Alpines and Rock Gardens
Cactus and Succulents

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
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

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

Bloom Color:
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Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
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Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
By grafting

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive martenfisher On Jul 24, 2012, martenfisher from Crystal River, FL wrote:

More common in Europe than in the United States. Can very in appearance by sometimes looking like a Cylindropuntia or reverting to look more like the true robusta with complete sets of spines. Seems to stay on the small side but being home in the states I feel the plant has greater potential to get larger. The growth is much like the Opuntia monacantha monstrose varieties. Propogation is by the dozens of little plants covering the pads. Young immature cladodes can be removed and grafted on to Pereskiopsis for a more mature plant in about 2 months time. Removing young cladodes may be needed to make room for the growth. Can be grown in ground or in pots. Almost amazing to consider it a robusta.


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

Crystal River, Florida

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