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Opuntia rubescens ‘Consolea’



A wonderfully whacky Opuntia, otherwise known as ‘Road Kill Cactus’ owing to the large flat, thin pads.  It is a little different to what you might see on the side of the A24 but an entertaining name nonetheless!  This Opuntia will ultimately grow into a large shrub and you can expect beautiful yellow-orange flowers during the summer.  If you’re lucky, flowers may be followed but red fruits.  As you may expect, it’s not entirely hardy, tolerating temperatures down to around -3 however it is ideal for container growing and may be kept outside in a full sun position during the warmer months.  The pads are covered with small glochids (spines) which are a little uncomfortable so be careful when handling.  Be careful not to overwater, Opuntia require very little attention with just the occasional drink needed during hot spells.


Eventual Plant Size

Please note all images are for illustrative purposes only, depending on the season or time of year the plant you receive may be different than pictured.


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