Photo by JLBG taken at Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC
Opuntia fragilis 'Potato'
Potato Dwarf Prickly Pear
Item #: 14256
Zones: 4a to 8b, at least
Height: 3" tall
Origin: United States
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)
(aka: Opuntia debreczyi, Opuntia fragilis var. denudata) To borrow some 1970s lingo, you've gotta check out this pad. We usually don't use the word cute to describe a prickly pear cactus, but Opuntia 'Potato' is the exception. This western Colorado form of the dwarf Opuntia fragilis forms a tightly clustering clump of thumb-sized near-spineless pads, eventually forming a 3" tall x 2' wide patch. This tremendous rock garden specimen also takes on a lovely winter blush of purple in cold weather. Opuntia 'Potato' is grown for its foliage and form, but it also occasionally produces bright yellow flowers in late spring.
Flower Color: Yellow/Gold
Leaf Color: Green
Bloom Time: Spring
Garden Themes: Fairy Garden Plants , Gnome Gardens , Rock Garden Plants , Southwest Garden Plants
Other: Deer Resistant Plants , Drought Tolerant Plants , Dwarf Plants , Groundcovers , Hummingbird Plants , Pollinator Plants , North American Native Plants , Plants that Attract Birds , Rabbit Resistant Plants , Salt Tolerant Seaside Plants , Xeriscaping Plants , Tony's Favorites , United States Native Plants