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Opuntia x vaseyi

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Opuntia (op-UN-shee-a) (Info)
Species: x vaseyi

Synonym:Opuntia vaseyi
Synonym:Opuntia mesacantha
Synonym:Opuntia covillei
Synonym:Opuntia rafinesquei var. vaseyi
Synonym:Opuntia phaeacantha var. covillei

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Cactus and Succulents

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

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


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:

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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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Peterthecactusguy On Sep 15, 2012, Peterthecactusguy from Black Canyon City, AZ wrote:

A member of a cactus forum I am on sent me a pad of this from California and it is growing quite well. The flowers are red, but can be yellow or orange as well. The pads are very densely packed with spines and glochids so beware of this one if you don't like them. Personally I get stuck by glochids all the time so I don't care anymore. I don't mind, and it's got a neat form.

Neutral Xenomorf On Jan 19, 2005, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Additional synonyms include: Opuntia occidentalis var. covillei, Opuntia littoralis var. vaseyi, Opuntia occidentalis var. vaseyi & Opuntia humifusa var. vaseyi.

This is a naturally occurring hybrid of O. littoralis and O. phaeacantha in southern California.


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

Hesperia, California

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