Spacing: 36-48 in. (90-120 cm) 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
Hardiness: 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
Danger: Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling
Bloom Color: Red Bright Yellow
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer
Other details: Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
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 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 Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
On Jun 20, 2007, Chantell from Middle of, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:
Planted a pad of this last year - hoping, with a lot of grit, that it might survive our winters in 7A. Not only did it survive...but blessed me with gorgeous bloom!! We did have a mild winter...so time will tell.
On Jun 20, 2004, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:
Also known as "Texas Santa-Rita", "Long-Spined Prickly Pear", "Blunt-Spined Prickly Pear", & "Reddish Purple Prickly Pear"
Flowers are yellow with bright red centers.
The variety 'macrocentra' pads are 6-8 inches long and the 'minor' variety's pads are 4-6 inches long.
The 'macrocentra' variety is dull dark green with some purple, and the 'minor' variety is Blueish-green.
The 'macrocentra's fruit is dark purple-red, and the 'minor's fruit are bright pink-red.
On Mar 28, 2004, palmbob from Tarzana, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
Attractive species with pale greenish purple pads (nearly white sometimes) to an incredible turquoise coloration... and sparse, but long black spines. Forms a large spread-out shrub eventually. Probably one of the more colorful and beautiful Opuntia species (to me).
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Phoenix, Arizona Safford, Arizona Tucson, Arizona , California Davis, California East Hemet, California San Marino, California Parsons, Kansas Elephant Butte, New Mexico La Luz, New Mexico Las Cruces, New Mexico Croton-on-hudson, New York Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Awendaw, South Carolina Dallas, Texas Kermit, Texas Scenic Oaks, Texas Sunset Valley, Texas Windcrest, Texas Aquia Harbour, Virginia