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Opuntia humifusa [=Opuntia compressa]

Eastern Prickly Pear, Devil's-tongue

Scientific Name:

Opuntia humifusa [=Opuntia compressa]

Genus:

Opuntia

Species Epithet:

humifusa

Common Name:

Eastern Prickly Pear, Devil's-tongue

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Native/Alien:

S.E. Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

May, June

Habitat Description:

Slate outcrops, sandy soils, upland hardwood forests or mixed pine-hardwood forests in dry, clay or silty soils. Not native to NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

No apparent leaves

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

No Apparent Leaves

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

(*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

State Status:

(*Key)

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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