This plant is native to Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. This plant has also gone under the name of Opuntia paraguayensis. However, there is much confusion with that name and the original descriptions appear to have been mistakenly made using a specimen of Opuntia ficus-indica. This plant has dark green pads with nice purple tones around the edges of the areoles. Spines are sparse and random and usually more numerous on older pads. The spines are long, white and quite thick. This plant grows best in full sun. This plant needs water when growing and very little to none during the dormant time. The flowers are orange.