Opuntia sunburst variegata
Opuntia sunburst variegata
Opuntia sunburst variegata
Opuntia sunburst variegata
Opuntia sunburst variegata

Opuntia Sunburst Variegata Cochineal Nopal Cactus

(This plant comes in a 3.5" pot. You will receive a very similar plant to the one in the picture. It may or may not be blooming at the time of your purchase. The plant is shipped in its pot to prevent any damage to the roots).

Opuntia Sunburst Variegata is native to Mexico and is well known for its common name “Cochineal Nopal Cactus”. This plant's botanical name is ‘Sunburst’ and it grows up to 50 cm in height. Belonging to the Cactaceae family, this cactus does not occur naturally in the wild and grows in the nursery.

Growth Rate

The growth rate of the Nopal cactus is fast.


These plants flower in late spring and early summer in the vibrant pink shade.

Water and Feeding/Fertilizer

Opuntia Sunburst Variegata does not require much water and fertilizer to grow. Fertilize only during the spring and summer seasons. Avoid fertilizing during the winters.


These cacti prefer a gritty, sharply draining mix of soil. Use a cactus soil mix with sand and fine pumice up to 50% to improve texture and drainage.


The hardiness of Opuntia Sunburst Variegata is 5, with a frost tolerance of 32° F (0° C). 


This variety of Opuntia needs Full sun to partial shade. At least five hours of direct sunlight is required to grow the Nopal cactus.


It is easy to propagate this cactus by stem cuttings.

Opuntia Sunburst Variegata is a beautiful plant from the Cactaceae family. If you are looking to grow a cactus in your garden, it is the best option to choose. 

Some of the information in this description has been found at desert-tropicals.com, llifle.com and cactus-art.biz

Blooming Season March
Common Name Noaples
Dormancy Winter
Family Cactaceae
Flower Pink
Frost Tolerance 32f (0°c)
Growth Rate Fast growth
Hardiness Zone 5
Height 50 cm
Origin Mexico
Pot Size 3.5"
Scientific Name Opuntia sunburst variegata
Shape Flattened-padded
Sun Exposure Full sun to partial shade

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Juan G.
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The best of the best.

Loved it , Great service love the packaging well wrapped and so far she’s doing amazing 2 move new babies are growing up

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The plant was of good quality and well packaged, nice size. It was slow to arrive but that was the fault of USPS and not the shippers. After I made my purchase, I discovered I probably over paid because I found it for cheaper from other sellers.

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anne S.
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Plant arrived great condition. It’s beautiful overall. Great.

See above. Opuntia

Cathie K.
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Opuntia Sunburst

Beautiful cactus! It arrived quickly and was in good shape. Love it!

Katherine A.
United States United States

Huge, beautiful pad!

The pad arrived in great condition, partially rooted and gigantic!

Opuntia sunburst variegata

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