Opuntia rhodantha 'Snowball': White is an incredibly rare bloom color in the prickly pear or "paddle" family of cactus. And yet, this beautiful low grower forms mounds up to 2.0' wide of golden spines, adorned with the most beautiful and delicate white flowers you've ever seen! Flowers in spring. This mountain variety is completely winter hardy to sub-zero temperatures, but seems to be at home in most climates from highlands to lowlands. It appreciates some summer watering 2 or 3 times a month during the hottest months. Waterwise Botanicals® cultivar.
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 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
Zone 5 (-20F)
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 5 - 10
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