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Baby Rita Prickly Pear

Opuntia basilaris hyb. 'Baby Rita'

Item 6950

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USDA Zone:
7-11
Your zone may be too cold for this plant:
6
Key feature:
  • Light Needs
    Full sun
  • Watering Needs
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
Description:

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.

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Average Landscape Size
Slow grower to 8 in. tall, spreading to 24 in. wide.
Flowering Season
Botanical Name: Opuntia basilaris hyb. 'Baby Rita'
Deciduous/ Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Habit: Mounding
Growth Rate: Slow
Special Feature: Deer Resistant, Waterwise
Foliage Color: No
Flower Attribute: Showy Flowers
Bloom Time: Spring
Flower Color: Pink
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.

History

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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