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Opuntia mesacantha ssp. mesacantha [=Opuntia compressa, Opuntia humifusa var. humifusa, Opuntia pollardii]

Eastern Prickly-pear

Scientific Name:

Opuntia mesacantha ssp. mesacantha [=Opuntia compressa, Opuntia humifusa var. humifusa, Opuntia pollardii]

Genus:

Opuntia

Species Epithet:

mesacantha

Common Name:

Eastern Prickly-pear

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

April, May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Granite outcrops, coastal dunes and scrub, sandhills, pine forests in sandy soils, riverine sands. Common in NC Coastal Plain, uncommon elsewhere in the state.

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:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G_T_: Subspecies or Variety Rank (add status to NOTES section) (*Key)

Notes:

Global rank is G5TNR- species is secure but subspecific taxon is unknown.

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