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PlantFiles: Black-Spine Prickly Pear, Purple Prickly Pear, Red-joint Prickly Pear, Texas Santa Rita
Opuntia macrocentra var. minor

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

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Category:
Cactus and Succulents

Height:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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

Foliage:
Deciduous
Succulent

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
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

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive Xenomorf On Dec 2, 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.

Regional...

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

Green Valley, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Desert View Highlands, California
San Leandro, California
Winchester, Kentucky
Burton, Texas



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