Opuntia basilaris hybrid ‘Baby Rita’

Common Name: Baby Rita Prickly Pear

Opuntia basilaris hybrid commonly known as Baby Rita Prickly Pear. This is our very own hybrid in which we captured the beauty and brilliance of the intensely carmen colored flowers of the beavertail cactus in a small padded, purple skinned prickly pear. Whereas the true beavertail cannot be successfully grown in cooler coastal areas, this little wonder thrives from the coast to the heart of the inland deserts, and even into high altitude mountain areas where hardiness to 0 degrees isĀ required! Never grows taller than about 8 inches; and spreads along the ground in a loose mound to 2 feet wide. Covered with brilliant flowers in the spring, and the overall purple color of the plant lasts through all seasons, becoming very intense in winter. Loves full sun and is water-wise.


  • Type: Cactus
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Height: 8 Inches
  • Width: 2 Feet
  • Blooms: Soft Pink, Spring