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Opuntia humifusa
Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus

$9.00 $11.70
This size 8 in stock Product ID: 989269

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CULTURAL CONDITIONS

Plant Min Zone: 4a

Plant Max Zone: 8b

Sunlight: All Day Full Sun, Full Sun, Part Sun, Shade

Water / Rainfall: Very Low, Low

Soil Quality: Poor, Average

FLOWERS AND FOLIAGE

Bloom Season: Early Summer, Summer

Flower Color: Yellow

Berry / Fruit Color: None

Spring Foliage Color: Green

Summer Foliage Color: Green

Fall Foliage Color: Green

Evergreen Foliage: Yes

Winter Interest: Yes

Scented Flowers: No

PLANT TOLERANCES

Drought Tolerance: High

Wet-Feet Tolerance: Low

Humidity Tolerance: Low, Medium

Wind Tolerance: High

Poor Soil Tolerance: Sandy Soils, Rocky Soils, Alkaline Soils (high PH)

GROWTH AND MAINTENANCE

Height: 0.75' - 1'

Width: 1' - 3'

Growth Rate: Slow

Service Life: Long: 5-10 years

Maintenance Need: Almost Zero Maintenance

Spreading Potential: Low

Yearly Trimming Tips: Yuccas and Cacti Need No Trimming Except to Remove the Dead Flower Stalk.

PLANT USES AND LIMITATIONS

Plant Grouping Size: Specimen Planting of 1-3, Small Grouping of 3-5

Best Side of House: South Exposure, West Exposure, East Exposure, North Exposure

Extreme Planting Locations: Survives Under Roof Overhang, Thin Roof Garden Locations, Root-Bound Soils Under Tree, Survives Severe Drought, Tolerates Extreme Heat, Resistant to Rabbits, Top of Retaining Wall Locations

Ornamental Features: Multiple Seasons of Interest, Exceptional / Colorful Foliage

Special Landscape Uses: Naturalizing

Possible Pest Problems: Root Rot Disease, Mealy Bugs

Plant Limitations: Needs Excellent Drainage, Has Thorns

Description

Eastern Prickly Pear Cacti (Opuntia humifusa) have attractive green pads, brilliant yellow flowers in June, and pinkish maroon edible fruits afterward that last into winter. They are native to eastern woods of Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and much of the Southeast United States. This cold hardy succulent occupies an unusual niche: growing in poor shallow sandstone based soils in open woods and on sunny rock cliffs that dry out too quickly for most other plants to colonize. Pads are sometimes carried off by animals and take root elsewhere. Grow this small native gem in rock gardens, dry shade areas, in parking lot medians, in cracks between rocks, or on top of or in a retaining wall. This species will grow in full sun or full shade! Although not picky about soils, just ensure that drainage is good. If grown in exterior pots and kept on the dry side, you may leave out all winter allowing to freeze solid; plants will go completely dormant and resume growth in the spring. Although these prickly pear do not have spines, they do have glochids. (painful bristles that come off and irritate the skin for a few days) Great low maintenance cold hardy and very versatile succulent.

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