Where does succulent come from?
Mexico(Northern America) in Coahuila, Chihuahua, Durango, and Zacatecas. Big Bend region of Trans-Pecos Texas (USA).
Opuntia azurea Rose
Opuntia macrocentra subs. azurea (Rose) Guiggi
Opuntia violacea var. azurea (Rose) Lodé
What succulent looks like?
Opuntia azurea is a long-spined, compact, upright, prickly-pear, species with a single trunk and shiny, pale blue-green arms (usually 1-2 m tall), or branching from the base and more or less spreading.
The flowers are beautiful, 3 cm long, rich golden-yellow with a vivid crimson claw; aged flowers turn a pinkish-brown throughout. It produce juicy, edible red/purple fruits.
How to grow succulent?
This is a a much decorative frost hardy cactus easily found in cultivation. It is a summer grower species that offers no cultivation difficulties.
Use a very a particularly draining substratum, as it is sensitive to rottenness when in presence of humidity and low temperatures and let the soil dry out between waterings, since it’s natural habitat is in sandy or gravelly, well draining soils.
It is a quite frost resistant cactus, hardy to -7° C (or less if very dry). It can handle extremely high temperatures in summer.
How to take care succulent?
It is armed with treacherous glochid barbs. All prickly pears have tiny, hair-like glochid thorns in clusters on the pads.