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Opuntia microdasys var. pallida f. cristata

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Scientific Name

Opuntia microdasys var. pallida f. cristata hort.

Synonyms

Opuntia microdasys f. monstruosa, Opuntia microdasys var. pallida f. undulata

Scientific Classification

Family: Cactaceae
Subfamily: Opuntioideae
Tribe: Opuntieae
Genus: Opuntia

Description

Opuntia microdasys var. pallida f. cristata is a clustering cactus with unusual twisted pads bearing bright yellow clusters of glochids. It forms a dense shrub, up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall. It has no spines, but instead has numerous bright yellow hair-like glochids in dense clusters. The flowers are lemon yellow, up to 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter, followed by red fruits.

Opuntia microdasys var. pallida f. cristata

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Though the large variety of species within the Opuntia genus means different types of prickly pears may need slightly different care, all are desert cacti that need lots of sun, lots of light, and very little water. If you live in a hot, arid area – particularly the American Southwest – these plants can generally be planted outside, left alone, and enjoyed.

Prickly Pears can propagate either by cuttings or by seed. To propagate by cuttings, sever pads from a plant and let them dry so that the wounds heal. Then place the plants in a dry soil and refrain from watering them until they begin to grow to avoid rotting them. To propagate by seed, rinse away pulp from the seeds, make sure they’re thoroughly dry, and plant – ideally in the spring… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Opuntia.

Origin

Garden origin.

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