|Purple Prickly Pear, Opuntia violacea var. santa-rita.|
Photo Taken At Peoria. April 21, 2005. Xeriscape Landscaping.
|Purple Prickly Pear Cactus.||Opuntia violacea var. santa-rita.|
Purple Prickly Pear Cactus.
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Santa Rita Prickly Pear is native to Texas, Arizona and Northern Mexico. It grows to about 3 - 5 feet in height and spread. It's round pads have a bluish tint and in winter or times of drought turn red or purple. The flowers are yellow.
Santa Rita Prickly Pear is a good xeriscape landscape plant.
You may recall that decision infuriated the vegans, and many others who learned that pinkish color came from crushed bugs.
As weird as it may sound, cochineal extract -- is a food dye made from the dried bodies of the cochineal beetle, which is indigenous to Arizona, Mexico and South America.
In fact, it's also widely used in yogurts, fruit-flavored drinks, candies, and some varieties of Kellogg's Pop-Tarts®.
Then, following the public outcry -- some 6,500 people signed an anti-beetle petition against Starbucks.
Then, Starbucks announced in April of 2012, that the bugs will be removed from their menu by June, and replaced with a tomato-based extract called lycopene.
Well, guess where the Cochineal Beetle likes to make its home?
You guessed it! On the pods of the Opuntia violacea var. santa-rita; or Purple Prickly Pear Cactus!
Now, if you are growing this cactus for its beauty, then the Cochineal Beetle can be a real serious problem. Here's how to get rid of the Cochineal Beetle!
Use Talstar Pro. We have used it for years on our Opuntia violacea var. santa-rita. It takes about two to three months before you will notive the fuz to drop off your plant. If you want it off sooner, hard spray you plant about a week after you use the Talstar. Then respray the Talstar. We respray about every 5-6 months.
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Height: Height & width 3 to about 5 feet.
Flowers: The yellow flowers are about 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches in diameter.
Flowering Time: April - May.
Fruit: Red-purple fruit, 1 to 1-1/2 inches long, 3/4 to 1 inches in diameter persisting into the winter. Seeds 3/16 inches in diameter, tan to grey, elliptic.
Pads: Blue - purple, or magenta cactus pads are 4 to 6 inches in diameter, about 5/8 inches thick. They are almost round and flat. They have 1 or 2 spines per areole and have glochids (little barbed bristles organized in clusters) which can penetrate the skin.
Found: Native to Texas, Arizona and Northern Mexico.
Soil pH requirements:
Elevation: 0 - 5,500 Feet.
Habitat: Gravel or sandy flats, mesas, hillsides. A xeriscape landscape plant in some places.
Miscellaneous: Flowering Photos Taken At Peoria, Arizona. A xeriscape landscape plant. April 21, 2005.
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