Opuntia basilaris


The Opuntia basilaris is indigenous to Arizona (USA), southern Utah (USA), southern Nevada (USA), southern California (USA) and Mexico. It is typically found growing in arid plains and valleys within sandy or rocky soils. Pads take on an oval to roundish shape. This species produces a beautiful, blue, greyish-green and purple epidermis. Its multicolored pads is a result of the presence of betacyanins pigments. The pads coloration tend to vary with changing temperatures. Flowers bloom from spring to early summer. Drought tolerant. Suitable for rockeries and xeriscaping. Incredibly hardy (USDA hardiness zone 4).


Opuntia basilaris var. albiflora Walton
Opuntia basilaris var. heilii S.L.Welsh & Neese
Opuntia basilaris var. longiareolata (Clover & Jotter) L.D.Benson
Opuntia longiareolata Clover & Jotter
Opuntia basilaris var. ramosa Parish
Opuntia basilaris var. whitneyana (E.M.Baxter) W.T.Marshall & T.M.Bock
Opuntia basilaris subs. whitneyana (E.M.Baxter) Munz

Plant Details
USDA Zone Information: 
Flower : 
Ideal Light Conditions: 
Full sun (avoid shade)
Ideal Water Conditions: 
Low (drought tolerant)
Mature Height: 
Mature Width: 
Latin Name: 
Opuntia basilaris
Common Name: 
Woodbury Beavertail Cactus, Trelease Beavertail Prickly Pear, Trelease's Beavertail Cactus, Short-joint Beavertail Cactus, Kern Beavertail Cactus, Elongated Beavertail Cactus, Branching Beavertail Cactus, Beavertail Prickly Pear, Beavertail Cactus, Bakersfield Beavertail Cactus

Corporate Clients (The King hangs hard)


RoboCop (1987)
RoboCop 2 (1990)
Hot Pursuit (2015)


USA Network's Queen of the South (2019)

Botanical Gardens:

New York Botanical Gardens
Oklahoma City Zoo/Botanical Gardens
Mercer Arboretum in Houston, Texas
Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan


Houston, TX Zoo
San Antonio, TX Zoo

Other Clientele:

Houston, TX Rodeo

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