Sunday, June 21, 2009

Purple Prickly Pear Cactus

This cactus is popular because of its purple-gray color. It is called Purple Prickly Pear cactus or Opuntia Santa-rita.

It has a deep gray-green skin tinged with purple. In cold weather, the purple becomes more pronounced.

You can see the glochids, which are the tiny barbed spines you see spread out all over the prickly pear pad and across the top of the pad. The tiny barbs from the glochids are very fine and get all over you and in you. 

I prefer dealing with the long, sharp spines at the top of the cactus pad as they are easy to see and avoid.

I took this photo while hiking around the Boulders Resort and Spa in North Scottsdale. You can see it has raindrops that have tried to clean off the desert dust.

16 comments:

Hilda said...

What an amazing color! I've never seen a cactus that wasn't green. Fascinating.

cieldequimper said...

Oh wow, that's almost pink!

brattcat said...

Julie, you know this flora intimately and teach us so much with your photographs and notes. Thank you.

Prospero said...

That is a very attractive cactus. And I know what you mean about the tiny barbs (I have another Opuntia specie). Handle with care.

Christopher Raun Leth said...

I didn't know a cactus could have this kind of beatiful color. I keep learning when visiting your blog:-)

Cezar and Léia said...

I'm with the friends who've commented before: never seen nor could imagine there was cactus of such colour!
Have a great Sunday!
Cezar

Jim said...

I love the color, but it just looks like it would hurt.

Sharon said...

These have such a gorgeous color.

Don and Krise said...

I'm not used to seeing this color either. Thank you for sharing Julie.

~Cheryl said...

I had no idea there was a cactus of such beautiful, different coloring. Thank you so much for introducing me!

Rajesh said...

Amazing. I have never seen a cactus in this color before. I have always seen them in green.

pasadenaadjacent said...

This cacti would look fantastic next to the Palos Verdes tree.

Kate said...

Hilda expresses my thoughts exactly. Shape and colour are both fascinating and unusual.

Kcalpesh said...

Interesting. I've seen only the green ones!!

*SparkleMirror* Kiln-Fired Art Studio said...

For a thing so beautiful, those jabbers look awfully mean!

Danial said...

this is attractive and look like to tongue.

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