Opuntia basilaris 'Caudata': Turquoise pads with tints of purple that intensify in winter, then display brilliant carmine flowers in spring. Hardy to near zero or lower. Also called Compact Beaver Tail Cactus.
One order = one cactus pad - Small SHIPPED UNROOTED
CAUTION: Opuntia species have fine, barbed bristles called glochids. Glochids easily detach and can become loose in the box during shipping. They will pierce skin and leather gloves, so use tongs when handling and see our Opuntia Planting Guide for more tips.
Opuntia need plenty of full, outdoor sunlight and great drainage to thrive. They do well in gritty, mineral soils and pots with drainage holes. Over time you'll see new pads sprout from the plant, soon followed by its showy blooms.
Opuntia can tolerate high heat and extended drought and can eventually develop into a wide, shrubby living fence. They are frost hardy and will happily overwinter under an insulating blanket of snow. Protect from heavy rains and standing water to prevent rot.
Pads are not guaranteed to root, but our Opuntia Planting Guide can help increase the success rate.
Color - Primary
Green / Lime
Color - Secondary
Purple / Black
Zone 6 (-10F)
Recommended Light Conditions
Growth Habit / Shape
Winter Dormant Partial
Unrooted / Bare Root
Hard to Kill
Size of Cutting(s)