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(Hardy?) Purple opuntia

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Sun Nov 13, 2011 11:28 am

Anyone grow this beauty?

http://opuntiads.com/opuntia-country/op ... len-10.jpg


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Re: (Hardy?) Purple opuntia

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Sun Nov 13, 2011 11:29 am

It's called Opuntia Santa rita (purple?)


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Re: (Hardy?) Purple opuntia

Post by JoelR » Tue Nov 15, 2011 3:15 pm

I think it's a form of Opuntia violacea of which I have a couple Kris. I could chop a bit off for you but best done after winter. One of my plants does go quite purple in winter but it's usually an equally striking glaucous blue. It's as cold hardy as you like but would probably need some kind of rain shelter. There are more wet tolerant opuntias and quite a few go a purple colour in winter.

I've been sent a dozen or so pieces of different outdoor growing opuntias by a very nice chap in the Doncaster/Sheffield area which I'm growing on a bit before I plant out next year.


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Post by Ian Cooke » Tue Nov 15, 2011 3:32 pm

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Re: (Hardy?) Purple opuntia

Post by JoelR » Tue Nov 15, 2011 4:05 pm

I think the pic has gone but there's another:

http://www.opuntiads.com/images/opuntia ... a-dbg1.jpg


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Re: (Hardy?) Purple opuntia

Post by Las Palmas Norte » Tue Nov 15, 2011 5:12 pm

The one I bought labeled as 'Santa Rita' died in very light frost.

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Re: (Hardy?) Purple opuntia

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Tue Nov 15, 2011 10:12 pm

JoelR wrote:I think it's a form of Opuntia violacea of which I have a couple Kris. I could chop a bit off for you but best done after winter. One of my plants does go quite purple in winter but it's usually an equally striking glaucous blue. It's as cold hardy as you like but would probably need some kind of rain shelter. There are more wet tolerant opuntias and quite a few go a purple colour in winter.

I've been sent a dozen or so pieces of different outdoor growing opuntias by a very nice chap in the Doncaster/Sheffield area which I'm growing on a bit before I plant out next year.

I might have to pop round next Spring Joel icon_thumleft


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Re: (Hardy?) Purple opuntia

Post by JoelR » Tue Nov 15, 2011 11:19 pm

Yorkshire Kris wrote:
JoelR wrote:I think it's a form of Opuntia violacea of which I have a couple Kris. I could chop a bit off for you but best done after winter. One of my plants does go quite purple in winter but it's usually an equally striking glaucous blue. It's as cold hardy as you like but would probably need some kind of rain shelter. There are more wet tolerant opuntias and quite a few go a purple colour in winter.

I've been sent a dozen or so pieces of different outdoor growing opuntias by a very nice chap in the Doncaster/Sheffield area which I'm growing on a bit before I plant out next year.

I might have to pop round next Spring Joel icon_thumleft

You're very welcome Kris.


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Re: (Hardy?) Purple opuntia

Post by Dave Brown » Wed Nov 16, 2011 12:19 pm

Las Palmas Norte wrote:The one I bought labeled as 'Santa Rita' died in very light frost.

Cheers, Barrie.
I have a purple one as well that I thought was Santa Rita, and was supposed to be hardy to -18C, but took a huge hit left out in winter 2009/10 with -5.6C. I dug it out and has taken 2 years to recover in the Polytunnel. :roll:
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Re: (Hardy?) Purple opuntia

Post by JoelR » Fri Dec 16, 2011 9:06 pm

Just found a nice Opuntia violacea seedling pic. No purple pads as not yet been exposed to cold. This particular plant is unusually fast growing with an upright habit. Grown a lot bigger since this pic was taken.
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Re: (Hardy?) Purple opuntia

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Fri Dec 16, 2011 10:35 pm

JoelR wrote:Just found a nice Opuntia violacea seedling pic. No purple pads as not yet been exposed to cold. This particular plant is unusually fast growing with an upright habit. Grown a lot bigger since this pic was taken.

Looks very good Joel. icon_thumleft


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