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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

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Maryland – Our nursery in Maryland is perfectly located to serve the Eastern United States within a 2-3 day shipping window. You will receive the most reasonable shipping rates from our Maryland location if you live east of Ohio.

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