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Opuntia humifusa (Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus)

Opuntia humifusa (Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus)
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Deserts aren't the only places on Earth that have cacti! Scattered around a generous portion of eastern North America grows a lovely sun loving species of cacti known as the Eastern Prickly Pear cactus.  While seemingly out of place in many temperate regions, this interesting cactus still carries with it some of the habits of its desert dwelling relatives. Preferring full sun and sandy, dry conditions, the Eastern Prickly Pear cactus is a must have for the driest parts of your garden. From June to July, the cactus puts out some of the most stunning flowers. Bathed in bright yellow, the 3" wide blooms are immediately descended upon by a myriad of different pollinator species. Beetles, bees, and butterflies, this plant attracts them all. After flowering the pads produce bright red, edible fruits that are almost as attractive as the flowers that preceded them.  Typical of most cacti, the seeds in these edible fruits must ripen for about 1 year before they are ready to germinate.  We store seeds for a minum of 1 year before we sell them.  For winter survival, the pads dry up to the point of appearing dead before revival in spring.

Establishing this species is as easy as placing a few pads in a desired location. 
Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus pads can be placed into sand, literally, cutting-side down (see corresponding photo), making it a very easy transplant. Within a few years, a thick creeping mat of cactus pads will cover the ground. Be careful when handling this species though, as the pads are covered in clusters of sharp bristles. A good pair of thick gloves is a must for anyone looking to do some gardening with this plant.
It grows well with many short companion plants also suited to hot, dry conditions such as those outlined in our Shortgrass Dry Sand seed mix.

Un-rooted pads ship each year during optimal transplanting season: Spring (April/May). In some growing seasons, un-rooted pads (that are not dormant, but ready to plant) may be available for Summer (July) shipping.

 


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Catalog Number OPU04S
Seeds / Packet 20
Seeds / Ounce 1,400
Germination Code A
USDA Zones 4-9
Plant Spacing 6-8''
Sun Exposure Full Sun  Part Shade 
Soil Moisture Dry 
Height 6 inches 
Bloom Color Yellow 
Bloom Time June  July 
Plant Type Ferns & Cacti 
Availability Seeds  Roots 
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Opuntia humifusa (Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus)
*This map shows the native and adventive range of this species. **Given appropriate habitat and climate, native plants can be grown outside their range.
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Present in state Present in county; native to state Not present in state  
Present in county, adventive in state    
Opuntia fragilis (Fragile Prickly Pear Cactus) Campanula rotundifolia (Harebell) Dalea purpurea (Purple Prairie Clover)
 
Shortgrass Prairie Seed Mix for Dry Sand
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