Common Name: beavertail cactus
Origin: Opuntia basilaris is found in the southwestern USA and northwestern Mexico – native to the Mojave, Colorado, and Sonoran deserts. It grows in arid plains and valleys at 3,000 to 5,500 feet.
Description: O. basilaris is a clumping, blue-gray cactus that develops fleshy, flat pads resembling a beaver’s tail. The beavertail cactus is low growing, not exceeding 6-12 inches, and produces purple to red flowers during the spring.
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