Opuntia 'Butterflies': This red-spined specimen turns a surprising plum purple color in full sun. As a frost hardy cactus, this plant is perfect for adding an exotic flair to even a zone 6 rock garden. Look for large, bubblegum pink flowers in the spring.
One order = one cactus pad - SHIPPED UNROOTED
CAUTION: Opuntia species have fine, barbed bristles called glochids. Glochids easily detach and can become loose in the box during shipping. They can pierce skin and leather gloves, so use tongs or twisted newspaper when handling. 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 thrive through winter 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)
THIS PLANT IS HARDY IN ZONES 6 - 10
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