Opuntia Santarita (Santa Rita Prickly Pear) Plant – The Cactus Outlet

Sold out

The Santa Rita is a classic purple prickly pear from the Sonoran desert. Featuring purple tinged pads with yellow flowers in the spring, this cactus can grow to be 3'x3' when planted in the ground. Reliably hardy to the mid teens at night.

Prickly Pear design and application suggestions:

Opuntias, the prickly pear family of cacti, can be used in many different ways. In the landscape, the prickly pear family can be used as a very nice contrast to other cacti and succulents. The rounded pads, beautiful flowers of yellow, orange, red and pink plus different pad colors and sizes offer distinguished contrast in the landscape or in a nice container. Some prickly pear species can be used as a succulent groundcover. Some prickly pears, like the Santa Rita “purple” prickly pear, are ideal as unique pieces interspersed throughout the landscape or a nice contrast to a group of cacti and succulents in pots. Prickly pears are also very forgiving. They will tolerate the hottest parts of your landscape and like it! The prickly pear family also thrives on very little water and can take very cold overnight temperatures.

Why purchase our Prickly Pear?

Our prickly pears are grown in their native habitat right here in Southern Arizona. Raised outdoors with just the right amount of water and fertilizer, they come to you in their natural form. These plants do not come to you from a greenhouse. They are already hardy to whatever growing conditions you have to offer. You will not see any evidence of pads getting skinny and reaching for light. The prickly pears present the same appearance as you will find them in their native habitats.

If you want to plant them in a container for a sunroom, patio or window planter, great! If you want to take your new prickly pear cacti and plant them in the ground, also great! No acclimation needed. Our plants are ready to go!

Reliable packaging and shipping

We strive to offer the most healthy cacti and succulents you can find anywhere that are shipped right to your door. Our plants are professionally packaged with expertise honed by shipping amazing plants to customers like you for over 20 years. Our packaging process ensures a bare minimum of damaged orders. All of our plants are wrapped in bubble wrap and tape, which should not be taken off until your plant is in its final home. The bubble wrap offers you and the plant additional protection while planting.

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
John Stark
It' Our Purple Pride

I am a novice cactus farmer. We were looking for something with color and low maintenance. This Santa Rita Prickly Pear fits the bill. We placed in a large container and set it in the sunshine. It appears to be thriving and happy. So are we! Thanks for sending us good root stock. It is the center piece of our container garden.

Diana Furman
Pretty good

It would’ve been better to mark the cactus itself with the direction that should be pointing towards the sun or away from it. The wrappings came off and I didn’t know which side was favorable. Also would have liked some soil around the roots just to keep it preserved until planting. Otherwise everything looks healthy and good and I’m expecting it to do well. The cactus was extremely well packed!

Cecilia Levin
Just what I was looking for

I've been looking for this prickly pear for a while and The Cactus Outlet let me find it with ease! They added vibrant color to my landscape that it had been lacking for a while.
It was delivered on time and was easy to put in the ground.

Anna Huerta
Santa Ritas are not your average cactus

Unlike other cacti, this one turns a very beautiful purple color. What a stunning transformation!

Jamie Correa
Fascinating color to it

Just an amazing color change with this cactus. The flowers are beautiful too.