Opuntia violacea var. santa-rita bloom Purple Prickly Pear Opuntia violacea var. santa-rita in the Santa-Rita Mountains
Common Name Purple Prickly Pear, Santa Rita Prickly Pear
Latin Name Opuntia violacea
Native Habitat Southwest deserts and grasslands below 4,000 feet
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Water None to once per month
Height X Width Maximum 6 X 6 feet, usual 4 feet X 4 feet
Protective Mechanism Spines
Leaves Evergreen, green to purple
Garden Suitability Sonoran
Ornamental Value Pale yellow flowers mid spring, purple fruit in fall drying to grey
Nature Value Flowers used by bees, fruits eaten by birds and mammals
Native American Uses Fruits ad pads eaten
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    Images and data http://www.delange.org/PricklyPearPurple/PricklyPearPurple.htm
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    Images http://outdoors.webshots.com/photo/1135473528044102084fZHBIU
    Distribution map http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=OPMAM