Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus

Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus

Opuntia humifusa

Height: 6-14"

Container Size: Quart

Bloom Time: June to July

Bloom Color: Yellow

Soil Moisture: Dry

Soil Type: Dry, sandy or gravelly. well-drained.

Light Requirements: Full sun

Hardiness Zone: 4,5,6,7,8,9

Other Names: Opuntia humifusa, Prickly Pear, Low Prickly Pear, Smooth Prickly Pear, Devil's Tongue

Featured Plant Category: Edible Native Plants, Focal point

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Description

Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia humifusa) is the only cactus that is widespread in the eastern United States. It forms in low, wide mounds and thrives in full sun in dry, sandy, well-drained soil. The flat, fleshy, green pads are covered with barbed thistles, and in the spring it produces bright yellow flowers often with red centers. Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus produces a reddish fruit after flowering, and the fruit, along with most parts of the cactus, is edible. Many animals use this cactus for cover due to its shape, low-growing habit, and protective barbs, and the fruit provides food for a variety of birds and other animals.


 

Additional information

Height

6-14"

Container Size

Quart

Bloom Time

June to July

Bloom Color

Yellow

Soil Moisture

Dry

Soil Type

Dry, sandy or gravelly. well-drained.

Light Requirements

Full sun

Hardiness Zone

4,5,6,7,8,9

Other Names

Opuntia humifusa, Prickly Pear, Low Prickly Pear, Smooth Prickly Pear, Devil's Tongue

Shipping Information

At Direct Native Plants, we take many precautions to make sure your plants will arrive in the best condition possible.

Our perennials are grown in a 4” quart-sized pot. These plants are then cut back to fit our packaging, placed in a protective clamshell container (made from recycled materials), and then shipped to you in a cardboard box. PLEASE NOTE: Perennials can be shipped in bundles up to 6. After that we start a new package, so keep this in mind if you’re trying to get the best shipping rates.

Trees and shrubs are grown in a 7” tall container (referred to as a 1-gallon pot), and depending on the species will be between 12” and 36”. We bag the root section of these plants to prevent them from drying out in transit and ship them in a tall cardboard box. PLEASE NOTE: Trees and shrubs can be shipped in bundles up to 4. After that we start a new package, so keep this in mind if you’re trying to get the best shipping rates.

Direct Native Plants now ships via FedEx. Orders ship out Monday through Wednesday of each week, and depending on how close you are to our nursery in Maryland, shipping will take anywhere from 1-4 business days.