Baby Rita prickly pears are frost hardy

Baby Rita prickly pears are frost hardy
Baby Rita prickly pears are frost hardy
Baby Rita prickly pears are frost hardy:  These plants thrive whether they are in the desert or high altitude mountain areas. They are heat loving plants with brilliant carmine coloured flowers in a small padded,  purple skinned prickly pear.

The overall purple colour of the plant lasts through all seasons, becoming very intense in winter.
This plant loves full sun and is water-wise.  Do not over water.

Baby Rita prickly pear plants do not grow taller than about 8 inches.    The plant spreads along the ground in a loose mound to about 2 feet wide.   This plant is covered with brilliant flowers in the spring.
The overall purple color of the plant lasts through all seasons, becoming very intense in winter.

It is a cactus type plant and always needs full sun.   The flowers are  soft pink  in colour.
This winter hardy cactus is a unique addition to any garden.   It does not need fertilizer.
Soil must be well drained.

About prickly pears in general:
The name prickly pear refers to the cactus species Opuntia.   Also to the fruits these cacti produce.
They produce paddle or cylinder like leaves.
The fruit of many species are edible and used in making jellies, juices and candies.

The pads of some species are a staple ingredient in many Mexican dishes.
These plants vary in size from small groundcovers to tree-sized specimens, all bearing pink, bright yellow to red flowers.

Many prickly pears grow in low clumps or form miniature pads.   Several prickly pears have a colorful purple blush on their pads.   All prickly pears are hardy enough to withstand frosts,  but thrive in the more arid warm parts of countries.

Prickly pears have long been used as garden ornamentals as well as for food.
Even though they resemble cactus,  prickly pear pads do not have spines , but are covered with bristly tufts called glochids.

Always be careful when handling the plants, as the glochids can penetrate the skin and cause allergic reactions.

Varieties:
Indian fig prickly pears; Spineless prickly pears; Purple prickly pears and Miniature prickly pears.
These plants make good hedges.
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 Baby Rita prickly pears are frost hardy

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