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SANTA RITA OPUNTIA Opuntia violacea var. santa-rita
[Rooted Cutti]
$4.95

We've been asked to offer some more this year

ORGANIC GROWN
 NO PESTICIDES

PURPLE
PRICKLY PEAR
opuntia santa-rita
opuntia violacea var. santa-rita

ONE LOT = ONE POUND SHIP WEIGHT
Click Here For Large Photos

PLEASE NOTE:

All the cactus and seeds offered on these pages
are 'HOME GROWN' from cactus on my property
here in SW Arizona and NOT desert harvested.

DESCRIPTION:
YOU WILL RECEIVE A   
4-6" PAD CUTTING
NEWLY ROOTED
PER LOT

Shipped Bare Root
I'm out of the bigger cacti so we are offering these smaller ones early because of demand. These normally wouldn't be available until June.


OTHER INTERESTING INFO....

Santa Rita - Purple Prickly Pear,
Opuntia santa-rita
Opuntia violacea var. santa-rita, Opuntia gosseliniana var. santa-rita, Opuntia chlorotica var. santa-rita


Opuntia violacea var. duraznilla - Is the long spine Purple Opuntia also available on another page.

These blue-green, purple, and magenta cacti become more vividly colored if stressed by cold or drought.

The cactus pads are usually spineless, but they do have numerous glochids, which in many ways are far worse than spines! The glochids are like microscopic spines and will penetrate the skin if touched even lightly. They are quite irritating and difficult to remove because of their small size.

The reddish brown glochids of Opuntia violaceae are very loosely attached and fly off when the plant is handled. The loose glochids are an irritant, and can get under clothing, in eyes, and may even be a breathing hazard. For safe handling, wet specimens before moving. The water weighs down the glochids, preventing them from becoming airborne.

When handling or moving cultivated Santa Rita Prickly Pears, wet down the plants to prevent the easily dislodged glochids from becoming airborne and possibly getting into the eyes or being inhaled.

Its range extends through the Southwest from Texas to California, Utah, and Nevada on into Mexico. Arizona being the center. Visitors will readily find these at the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument south of here and in the Saguaro National Park in Tucson to our east.

This adaptable species grows in various kinds of habitats to over 4000 feet in elevation. It thrives in almost any well drained soil. Like all Opuntias, it requires full sun. This is hardy to the low teens.

All the prickly pears, these have flattened, oval to round pads or joints. These joints are in fact constricted areas of the stem nodes.

This prickly pear produces true leaves. However, these aren?t what we ordinarily think of as foliage. These emerging leaves appear during the early

Leaves: flat round pads, to 10in long, new growth is reddish or purpley, mature pads off-green In fall all pads may be purple, aeroles evenly spaced about one inch apart, spines sparce on face but found in tight rows along perimeter of pads. Numerous yellow, fuzzy-looking glochids are dangerous.

Like most prickly pears, the pads are flat. Unlike most prickly pears, they have a violet, pink, or red tinge, hence the name. The cactus reaches mature heights of one to five feet and blooms either yellow or red. These being offered are yellow flower.

Prickly Pear Cactus is known for its ability to lower blood sugar levels, helping with diabetes. Prickly Pear Cactus is believed to lower blood glucose levels, partly due to its coating of the gastrointestinal tract.

Also is used as a hangover inhibiter. TEQUILA!

Prickly Pear Cactus is also good for the digestive system, loaded with Vitamins B1 and B6 and Calcium. 

When handling prickly pear-use tongs!  They are 'spineless' but do have small furry spines that can drive you nuts... if cooking, run them over an open flame on stove first, This burns off the fine spines. Or peel like a potato... but why waste them!

To root cuttings, bury half the pad sections in soil or just lay flat on the ground and sprinkle a little soil on top and sides leaving one face exposed.  Or cut pad in 3-4" pieces and root cut-sides up for multiple plants. 

Water cuttings once a week in dry areas and let dry put completely for the first few months.  After the first summer, cacti should survive on rainfall.  Water during prolonged droughts to promote plant growth.

Prickly Pear Cactus is said to be effective if taken prior to drinking alcohol in preventing hangover. Prickly Pear Cactus is said to be effective in treating gastrointestinal infections, strengthening the tissues of the digestive tract, and in lowering cholesterol.

Juice or split pad section also useful topically in the healing of minor scrapes and burns.... also seems to work getting the furry stickers out too! Used similar to agave.

The fruit is used to produce preserves, jelly, pies, candy, syrup, sorbet, drinks, and wine....

The pads are used in many recipes and sold in stores out here as Nopalitos.  The fruits (pears) are known as 'Tuna'..

Search 'Luther Burbank nopal' you will be amazed how many uses Burbank found for this cacti from hypoglycemia to mosquito control! Amazing BIG cacti!

In the early 1900's, in the United States the Nopal rickly Pear fruit was imported from Sicily and other Mediterranean producing countries to satisfy the growing population of immigrants arriving from Italy (Sicily) and Greece. The fruit lost it's popularity during the mid 1950's and has become increasing in popularity recently in the late 1990's until today, due to the influx of Mexican immigrants, because it was and is their favorite fruit.

Recently the Cattle industry of the Southwest United States has begun to cultivate Opuntia ficus indica as a fresh source of feed for Cattle. The Cactus is grown both as a feed source and a boundary fence. Cattle avoid the sharp spines of the Cactus and do not stray from an enclosed area of Opuntia ficus-indica. The nutrition available in the cactus pads, which is what the Cows feed on, far surpasses that found in corn and other Cattle feed. In addition to the food value there is the moisture content that virtually eliminates watering the Cattle and the human effort in achieving that chore.

Mexican and other southwestern residents eat the young cactus pads, and the fruit (Nopales) usually picked before the spines harden. They are sliced into strips skined or unskined, and fried with eggs & jalape?os, served as a breakfast treat. They have a texture and flavor like string beans.

Also, the cladodes are eaten as nopales. Other uses include as an ingredient in adobe (to bind and waterproof clays).

The plant spread to many parts of the Americas in pre-Columbian times, and since Columbus, have spread to many parts of the world, especially the Mediterranean where they have become naturalized (and in fact were believed to be native by many). This spread was facilitated by the carrying of nopales on ships to prevent scurvy.

There's no end to uses. See a great site for recipes http://www.produceoasis.com/Items_folder/Fruits/PricklyPear.html 
many more just search "Prickly Pear Recipes" on net.

 

NO LIMPY PADS!

WE DO YOU RIGHT!
INQUIRE FOR AVAILABILITY

WE DON'T PLAY GAMES SHIPPING
 

THESE CUTTINGS OFFERED HERE ARE PADS FROM A GIANT 4 FOOT TALL - 5 FOOT WIDE 'GREAT GRANDMA' OF PRICKLY PEARS THAT HAS BEEN GROWING ON PROPERTY HERE IN THE DESERT "SINCE THE EARLY 1930's" THAT WE KNOW OF, AT ONE OF THE ORIGINAL DESERT HOMESTEADS

LOTS OF JELLY AND A BIT OF HOOTCH TOO!
PRICKLY PEAR WINE!
LOOKS LIKE MORE THIS YEAR!

PLEASE NOTE
WE ARE WAY OUT HERE IN DESERT AND USPS PRIORITY IS BEST OPTION FOR SHIPPING. IF I HAVE TO HUNT PARCEL POST PACKAGING, WAIT AROUND PO FOR WEIGHT VERIFICATION AND ADDED EXPENSES FOR PARCEL POST, COSTS WOULD BE ABOUT THE SAME AS PRIORITY AND PACKAGE WOULD BE SITTING AROUND USPS 4-7 DAYS LONGER.
WE DON'T SCRIMP IN PACKING THE BOX!
IF WEIGHT IS A LITTLE LIGHT OF NEXT POUND SHIPPING WEIGHT WE ADD ANOTHER SMALL CACTI AS GIFT AFTER ALL YOU ARE PAYING USPS BY POUND AND WE HAVE LOTS OF SMALL CACTI JUST WAITING FOR NEW HOMES.
 

 GUARANTEED TO GROW
THIS IS A NEAR FOOLPROOF CACTUS AS LONG AS YOU DON'T
 
DROWN IT OR FREEZE IT!

I HAVE HAD THESE PADS AND STALKS JUST LAYING ON GROUND FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS AND SPROUT 1/2" 'AIR ROOTS' IN THE DESERT.... 
COVER THEM WITH DIRT AND THE GO LIKE HECK.


Hardiness:
USDA: 8-11

Frost Tolerance:
Hardy to 5?F (-15?C), generally loses its leaves around 25?F (-4?C)


Sun Exposure:
Full sun to light shade

OTHER COMMENTS:

Mid Summer Blooming
Drought-tolerant - Suitable for Xeriscape


WATER REQUIREMENTS

Infrequent deep watering, little water, good drainage. Deep once a month during heat of summer to increase flowering.

MORE INFO AT SEE www.DESERTUSA.COM  or www.DAVESGARDEN.COM  GREAT SITE FOR SW PLANTS!

See from photos these were good & plump and wild bee/insect pollinated.. Photos of bees on photo site..

Seeds offered are from tree shown in photos.

SEE MY OTHER PAGES FOR OTHER CACTI AND OTHER DESERT ITEMS

NO TELLING WHAT ELSE IS IN THIS LOT!
YOU ALWAYS GET LUCKY & RECEIVE A DESERT BONUS WITH EVERY WUFSTUFF PURCHASE!

SUPRISES IN EVERY SHIPMENT!

I'M GIVING THE STUFF AWAY!
Locals know me as Lubo Loco! (Crazy Wuf) out here in the desert....
and they're partially right!... lol



COMBINED SHIPPING - NO PROBLEM!
ALL SHIPMENTS INCLUDE DELIVERY CONFIRMATION

WE DON'T WHACK YA ON THE SHIPPING! I'D RATHER YOU SPEND YOU HARD EARNED $ ON CACTUS THAN POSTAGE

YOU CAN'T GO WRONG AT THIS PRICE!
LIKE BUYING WHOLESALE!

Additional photos of these cacti available CLICK BELOW:

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This product was added to our catalog on Monday 30 June, 2008.
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