Category: Alpines and Rock Gardens Groundcovers Perennials Cactus and Succulents
Height: 6-12 in. (15-30 cm) 12-18 in. (30-45 cm) 18-24 in. (45-60 cm) 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
Spacing: 3-6 in. (7-15 cm) 6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
Hardiness: USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) 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)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun Sun to Partial Shade
Danger: Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling
Bloom Color: Rose/Mauve Magenta (Pink-Purple)
Bloom Time: Mid Spring Late Spring/Early Summer
Foliage: Grown for foliage Succulent
Other details: Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds Provides winter interest Suitable for growing in containers
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 From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse From seed; direct sow after last frost
Seed Collecting: Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
On Jan 7, 2013, idahocactus2 from Boise, ID wrote:
Opuntia basilaris is found quite abit in the desert yards here in southwest Idaho. Our low elevation and dry climate makes it ideal for many of the varieties of this plant. The pads can get up to a foot long, depending on the variety, and covered with many blooms every season. They do better when they are planted on well draining loose gravelly to sandy/volcanic soils which are raised about 2 feet or more. Very little damage is noted even in severe below zero weather, except on some of the most southerly varieties from Arizona.
Encredible blooms and lightly scented. The fragrance is more pronounced especially on hot days.
On Jun 4, 2008, Scorpio_69 from Show Low, AZ (Zone 6b) wrote:
Grows wild (in my yard) here in Zone 6b at 6,300 ft elevation. Did fine with a fair amount of snow this winter. Gave a little attention and some extra water in spring, many new pads and buds. I'm looking forward to experimenting with eating the fruit and pads.
On Sep 4, 2004, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:
This variety is the most common occuring throughout the species. It has more obovate pads to more than 6 inches long.
I've seen this growing in the wild on the 'El Camino Del Diablo Trail' (Devils' Highway) that runs between Ajo and Wellton in Arizona through the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Ajo, Arizona Chandler Heights, Arizona Gilbert, Arizona Phoenix, Arizona Queen Creek, Arizona Salome, Arizona Show Low, Arizona Wellton, Arizona Anza, California Bostonia, California Inyokern, California La Presa, California Livermore, California Ontario, California Reseda, California San Diego, California (2 reports) Boise, Idaho Meridian, Idaho Owatonna, Minnesota Lucedale, Mississippi Henderson, Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada Sparks, Nevada Norwood, Pennsylvania Barton Creek, Texas