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Opuntia violacea var. macrocentra

Black Spined Prickly-Pear

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Scientific Name Opuntia violacea var. macrocentra
Principal Common Name Black Spined Prickly-Pear
Common Name(s)
Description Variety macrocentra of O. violacea is shrubby and spreading pad type cactus with long black spines and has a yellow flower with a red center.
General Comments Spines can be 7 inches long
Nativity Southwest US
Height Range 4 - 7 FT
Spread Range 4 - 0 FT
Flower Showy Y
Sunset Zones
USDA Zones 9a : 9b : 10a : 10b : 11
Leaf Color Blue-green : Purple-blue
Leaf Texture Fleshy : Thick : Thorny
Form Cactus : Shrub
Flower Color Yellow : Yellow with red centers
Flower Time Spring : Summer
Ease of Growing Easy
Light Preferences Sun (minimum 8 hours direct sun)
Soil Preferences Dry : Well-drained
Watering Preferences Drought Tolerant : None : Sparse
Outstanding Features Color : Drought tolerant : Edible : Flower : Form : Heat Tolerant : Texture : Thorns

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