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Opuntia robusta - Wheel Cactus - Fresh Seeds

Opuntia robusta - Wheel Cactus - Fresh Seeds


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Opuntia robusta - Wheel Cactus

This listing is for a pack of 25 seeds.

This is one of the larger prickly pears than can be easily grown and accommodated in gardens, greenhouses or as a house plant.  It gets its name robust, not from its hardiness (it is only marginally hardy at temperatures below - 8 Deg C and only then when bone dry at the roots), but from its robust growth pattern.  In the wild it can reach up to 5 metres tall and have a spread of 4 - 5 metres.  The big pads have few spines and have a bluish-green waxy bloom on them which is more noticeable and attractive on the smaller pads.

The flowers are a clear yellow, quite large and appear in late spring.  These are followed by large fruit (the prickly pears).  It originates in central and northern Mexico, though it is commonly found outside this range growing as a naturalised 'escapee'.

It is hardy down to 18F (-8C) for short periods provided it is kept dry at the roots.

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