Opuntia violacea, var. "Santa Rita" is often called Purple Prickly Pear.
This is a fantastic species to really brighten up your property! The pads root well, and love sandy, loamy, or gravelly soils.
Purple Opuntia cactus tolerates reflected heat, as well as below freezing temperatures. It blooms with a beautiful, bright yellow flower, and appreciates full sun. (Pictured are the actual pads) These pads are a gorgeous deep purple!
Purple Santa Rita requires almost no water once established, but a few deep soaks in the hottest months will encourage faster growth. These are beautiful, large, disease free pads, at least two years of age when harvested. This species grows into a "shrub often 3 feet high, and at least as wide. Some of our parent plants are more than 4 feet high.
A California Department of Agriculture Intrastate seal is included on your shipping label, which insures that you're purchasing your cacti from a reliable source.
***PLEASE NOTE!!! Cactus pads are not cut from the parent plant until you place your order. Pads need several days in the sun to "callus over" prior to shipping. If the cut end is not completely dry, your pad could mold during transit. ***
This option is for pads over 5 inches straight across, and have been growing 3 to 5 years, sometimes longer. These are landscape quality pads, (which means that the cutting which will become the base of the plant) may have cosmetic blemishes, also called scarring, which is usually caused by other pads rubbing as the plant grows)
At this size, pads are quite heavy, but are excellent for creating a stable, strong base.