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Baby Rita Prickly Pear
Opuntia basilaris hyb. 'Baby Rita'
There are very few rules in gardening, but perhaps the most important one is to work within your zone. Choosing plants that grow and thrive in your particular climate is the very first step toward having a beautiful garden. Learn more >
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Exceptional heat-loving dwarf hybrid with brilliant carmine colored flowers in a small padded, purple skinned prickly pear. Thrives from the coast to inland deserts, and even into high altitude mountain areas! Loaded with spring blooms, the purple foliage intensifies in winter.
|Botanical Name:||Opuntia basilaris hyb. 'Baby Rita'|
|Special Feature:||Deer Resistant, Waterwise|
|Flower Attribute:||Showy Flowers|
|Garden Style:||Rustic , Contemporary|
Provide average to lean, well-drained soil. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system, allowing the soil to become fairly dry between watering intervals. Avoid excess winter moisture. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer in spring.
Prickly pear cactus has been a staple of the Mexican and Central American diet for thousands of years. In parts of the U.S. it has been gaining popularity as an exotic, gourmet and healthy addition to one's diet. The prickly pear plant has three different edible sections: the pad of the cactus (nopal), which can be treated like a vegetable, the petals of the flowers, which can be added to salads, and the pear (tuna), which can be treated like a fruit.
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