Opuntia humifusa (Eastern Prickly Pear)
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Opuntia humifusa

Eastern Prickly Pear

One of the few native cacti found in the midwest; low-growing with yellow flowers up to 4ยดยด across. Edible, pear-shaped fruit is red when ripe. Native Americans ate almost every part of the plant, including the fruit, pads and flowers. Most often found in dry sandy sites; should also do well in dry clay.

Height: 18-24 in
Width: 24-36 in
Soil Conditions: Dry
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: June,July
Hardiness Zone: 4 TO 9
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Characteristics & Attributes for Opuntia humifusa

Attributes

Container
Ornamental Fruit
Green Roof Extensive

Attracts Wildlife

Attracts Pollinators
Attracts Wildlife

Critter Resistance

Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant

Plant Habit

Spreading

Light Conditions

Sun

Native Plant Community

Dry Prairie

Bloom Time

June
July

Flower Color

Yellow

Flower Hue

Dark

Flower Type

Head

Foliage Color

Green

Leaf Texture

Coarse

Prune Time

Jan/Feb/March

Flower Form

Single

Growth Rate

Slow