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Glendale Public Library
Xeriscape Demonstration Garden Information Sheet

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Opuntia santa-rita-Purple Prickly Pear

 Although this colorful cactus doesn't show its yellow blossoms until late spring, the rich purple pads provide plenty of winter interest. During the warmer months the pads are a soft blue-grey color. Mix the purple prickly pear in with shrubs and perennials for a softer effect. It is quite spiny, so set it well back from high traffic areas. This plant will grow to 4 feet tall by 6 feet wide. Tubac™ needs full sun, good drainage, and is hardy to 15° F. USDA Zone 8.

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