Tacinga subcylindrica (M.Machado & N.P.Taylor) M.Machado & N.P.Taylor
Tacinga inamoena subsp. subcylindrica
Tacinga subcylindrica is a dwarf Opuntia-like cactus that forms dense clusters of nearly cylindrical stems with only a few occasional short bristle-like spines. The attractive flowers are bright reddish-orange and followed by large globular fruits.
This species is related to and was previously considered a subspecies of Tacinga inamoena. However, it is much smaller than T. inamoena and geographically isolated.
USDA hardiness zone 10b to 11b: from 35 °F (+1.7 °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. Though Opuntia will grow just fine in a garden, they can be grown in pots as well.
Though Opuntia will grow just fine in a garden, they can be grown in pots as well. To repot, ensure the soil is dry, remove the pot and knock away the old soil. After treating any cuts with fungicide, place the prickly pear in a new pot and backfill it with potting soil. As with a new cutting, make sure not to water a newly repotting Prickly Pear for a brief period to avoid rotting its roots.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Opuntia.
This species is native to northeast Brazil.
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