Promoting the Use of Native Plant Species in the Home Landscape

Prickly-Pear

Plant Leaf

Full Plant

Plant Berry/Flower

Latin Name: Opuntia humifusa

Flower Description:

A striking plant featuring showy, yellow flowers with red centers.

FamilyCactus
Season BloomEarly summer
HabitatPrickly pear is widely distributed in the US and Canada. It has a special anti-freeze in its cells that allows it to survive freezing temperatures. Can be found on sand dunes, in old cemeteries and homestead sites in dry sandy soils.
CyclePerennial
Height19"
Leaf DescriptionThe stems or "pads" can be 2-7" long and 1.5-5" wide. Pads are joined in a branched fashion. Pads are dotted and may or may not have spines in the dots.
Soil Type Dry
Light Source Sun
LocationShoreline