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Opuntia humifusa

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Plant types and subtypes: Cacti

Light Requirements: sun

Water Use: low

Soil Moisture: dry

Soil Description: poor, sand, gravel/rock

Height: 2'-8'

Bloom Time: May, June, July

Bloom Color: yellow

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Additional Tags: drought tolerant, edible, evergreen, fall interest, mounding, ornamental foliage, rock garden plant, showy fruit

Opuntia humifusa (devil's-tongue)
  • Opuntia humifusa (devil's-tongue)
  • Opuntia humifusa (devil's-tongue)
  • Opuntia humifusa (devil's-tongue)
  • Opuntia humifusa (devil's-tongue)

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Description

Opuntia humifusa

Also known as:

devil's-tongue

,

eastern prickly pear

,

prickly pear

,

prickly-pear cactus

,

low prickly pear

,

smooth prickly pear

Scientific Synonyms:

Opuntia calcicola, Opuntia compressa, Opuntia cumulicola, Opuntia rafinesquei

Cultivation

Intolerant of moist conditions. Requires very well-drained soil, in full sun. Very cold hardy. Zones 4-10

Additional Notes

Both the prickly pear fruit - also known as tuna - and the paddles are edible and delicious.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV, WY

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: MA
  • Exploitably Vulnerable: NY
  • Rare: PA
  • Special Concern: CT

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Caryophyllidae
Order Caryophyllales
Family Cactaceae Cactus family
Genus Opuntia pricklypear
Species Opuntia humifusa devil's-tongue