Opuntias grow with water, right temperatures, right soil and sufficent attention.
They show a remarkable abilty to come back from cold, scorching heat or neglect. But if you treat them well, they will surprise you with growth, flowers and some more growth.
This form has somewhat purplish pads and red glochids. These come straight out of the areole, and not in a bundle. Form is known as herrfeldtii.