Opuntia humifusa Prickly Pear Cactus Plants & Seeds
 (op-UN-shee-uh  hew-mih-FEW-suh) (Opuntia compressa)
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Opuntia humifusa Prickly Pear Cactus picture Habitat Bloom Period Color Height Inches Moisture Plant Spacing Lifespan
Opuntia humifusa oicture, prickly pear cactus picture Sun to lt. shade May June lemon yellow 5" long pads in clusters up to 12" high dry to average
well drained soil
6 to 18 inches Perennial
Opuntia humifusa Prickly Pear Cactus

Opuntia humifusa Prickly Pear Cactus Plants with Rose VervainOpuntia humifusa Hardy Prickly Pear Cactus potted plants are available, $5.00 each plus UPS shipping.  Please contact us by email with your address & zip code for shipping charges on  potted plants

For other flowers visit the wildflower seed list or  the Potted Plant List to order prickly Pear Cactus seed/plants copy the order form or  email questions, comments, and orders to john

Opuntia humifusa seed
Prickly Pear Cactus seed

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Opuntia humifusa Prickly Pear potted plants are $5 each plus UPS shipping

Seed shipping chart at bottom of  page
    Opuntia humifusa, prickly pear cactus or devil's tongue is a low growing, spreading succulent cactus with enlarged fleshy, spiny, green pads and lemon yellow flowers.  The showy yellow flowers are 3 to 4 inches across and bloom in May and June.  Prickly Pear Cactus is found growing wild in colonies on glades of limestone, sandstone, and igneous rock and sandy fields and pastures throughout the Ozarks and most of the Midwest and eastern USA.  Opuntia humifusa Prickly Pear Cactus was formerly known as Opuntia compressa.  The common name Prickly Pear refers to the red, bristly, pearlike fruit.  Native Americans ate the fruit, pads, buds, and flowers raw, cooked, or dried.  Prickly Pear Cactus plants are grown in the wild flower rock garden as a focal point or can be grown inside as a potted plant. 

     Prickly pear cactus plants, when growing wild, often lay flat or near the ground. Under optimal garden conditions prickly pear will grow one to two feet tall and produce larger pads.  They thrive in rock gardens or containers and can be effective in a mixed planting, borders and natural areas. Hardy prickly pear is low-growing and its brilliant yellow flowers and meandering pads are a welcome addition to the sunny flower garden.

    Prickly Pear (Opuntia humifusa) is a hardy cactus native to the United States east of the Rockies and grows wild in dry, sandy soils in open pine woods, prairies, pastures, and dry rocky glades. Native Opuntia humifusa prickly pear cactus is a prostrate or spreading cactus with oblong, flattened pads 2 to 8 inches (5.1-15.2 cm) long with sharp spines. (Some individuals don't have spines.)  Prickly pear spines are easy enough to avoid, but watch out for the tiny hairlike bristles (glochids) that occur in little tufts over the pad. They are barbed and treacherous!  Prickly Pear Cactus has showy bright yellow 3 to 4 inch wide flowers that appear in mid summer.  The edible reddish green fruits are called tunas and are 2-3 in long. The pulp is ruby red and tastes a little like watermelon.
There are over 200 species of prickly pear cactuses in southwestern North America, Mexico, Central America and South America.

    Prickly pear prefers full sun but will grow in light shade and is easy to grow, rooting readily from pads stuck in the ground, or even just lying on the surface.  It is drought tolerant but doesn't like soggy conditions.

    There is a large commercial production of Prickly Pear fruits (tunas) in other countries where the the sweet juicy fruits are very popular. World wide the production of prickly pear tunas is larger than that of strawberries, avocados, or apricots.  The pads (nopales) are a popular cooked vegetable in Mexico and Central America with a taste some think is like green beans.

The map below shows areas where Opuntia humifusa Prickly Pear Cactus plants grow wild but they can be planted and will grow over most of Midwest and Eastern US.  
USDA plant hardiness zones 3 to 9.

Opuntia humifusa
Prickly Pear cactus

Alabama
Arkansas
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky

Louisiana
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York

North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin

Opuntia humifusa Prickly Pear Cactus plant state distribution map

For other flowers visit the wildflower seed list , to order Opuntia humifusa Prickly Pear Cactus  seeds copy the order form or email questions, comments, and orders to john

Use the chart below for shipping charges on Opuntia humifusa, Opuntia humifusa Prickly Pear Cactus seeds

Please contact us by email with your address for shipping charges & availability on potted plants

We accept payment by check, money order, and through Paypal

The minimum seed order amount is $10, this can be a combination of different seeds.
Sold out of Prickly Pear Cactus seeds at this time

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$50.01-$100.00    =    $5.00 shipping

over $100.00    =    5 % of subtotal

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Native Opuntia humifusa, prickly pear cactus plant distribution map complements of USDA, NRCS. 2001. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.1
  (http://plants.usda.gov). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.