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| Plains Prickly Pear, Potts Prickly Pear|
Opuntia macrorhiza var. pottsii
Plains prickly pear is a diminutive, nearly prostrate Opuntia residing on loam or rocky, sandy places at an elevation of 2000 to 9000 feet, ranging from the Texas panhandle and west of the Pecos River to Arizona and New Mexico. It is easily distinguished from other varieties of O. macrorhiza by its red flowers (as opposed to yellow), 5- to 6-cm.-long joints which are noticeably glaucous (bluish), and very slender spines. This variety is thought by some experts to deserve specific (species) status.
Plant Habit or Use: small shrub
Flower Color: red
Blooming Period: spring
Fruit Characteristics: reddish purple, fleshy
Height: to 1 foot
Width: to 1 foot
Plant Character: evergreen
Heat Tolerance: very high
Soil Requirements: neutral