Prickly Pear Cactus Plants & Seeds
(op-UN-shee-uh hew-mih-FEW-suh) (Opuntia compressa)
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|Habitat||Bloom Period||Color||Height Inches||Moisture||Plant Spacing||Lifespan|
|Sun to lt. shade||May June||lemon yellow||5" long pads in clusters up to 12" high||dry
well drained soil
|6 to 18 inches||Perennial|
Opuntia 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
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to order prickly
Pear Cactus seed/plants copy the order
or email questions, comments, and orders to john
1 packet - sold out of seeds
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|950 -- 1000||400|
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Opuntia humifusa Prickly Pear potted plants are $5 each plus UPS shipping
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.
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.
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
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The minimum seed order amount is $10, this can be a combination of different
Sold out of Prickly Pear Cactus seeds at this time
subtotal for flower seeds
shipping charge for seeds
|seed orders up to $20.00 =||$3.00 shipping|
|$20.01 - $50.00 =||$4.00 shipping|
|$50.01-$100.00 =||$5.00 shipping|
over $100.00 = 5 % of subtotal
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Willow Springs, Mo. 65793
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.