Opuntia robusta

2009

Opuntia robusta

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Nativity:

Northern and Central Mexico

Growth Habit:

This prickly pear cactus has large, round “pads” that are actually the flattened stems. Covered with a whitish wax, the overall appearance is gray green. Yellow flowers (and the resultant reddish purple fruits) are formed on the edges of the topmost pads. Plants can grow to many feet in height and width and eventually form thickets. Both pads and fruits are edible, although care must be taken to remove the one to two inch long spines.

Growing Requirements:

Full sun and well-drained soil are needed. Plants are frost tender, but can be grown in pots and wintered indoors if kept dry.

Where at Lotusland:

In the cactus garden as well as on the east side of the driveway.

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