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Native - American

Optuntia humifusa (compressa)

Prickly Pear

Plant Type: Native - American
Exposure: Sun Tolerant  

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.





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.

Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
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