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Native - American

Optuntia humifusa (compressa)

Prickly Pear

Plant Type: Native - American
Exposure: Sun Tolerant  
FULL Sun

Native cactus with succulent green pads that are water-storing segments. Pads have needle-like spines and tufts of bristles. Showy bright yellow flowers in June and July are followed by edible red fruit. Easily propagated by cuttings. Winter interest.


Height

6-14"

Spread

12-18"

Growth Habit

FILLER (mounded)

Landscape Application:

Interesting ground cover for small areas that are hot and dry. Provides winter interest.

Optuntia humifusa (compressa) Plant Care:

Prefers dry or sandy, well drained soil. Will tolerate clay soil as long as drainage is good. Easily propagated by cuttings.

USDA Hardiness Zone: Zone 4 (-30/-20F)

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Prickly Pear Characteristics & Attributes

Season of Interest

MIDSEASON (May-June), LATE (July-frost)

Mid Season (May - June)
Late Season (July - frost)
Soil Moisture Needs

Low soil moisture.

Average
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
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