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Opuntia humifusa
Common Name: Eastern Prickly Pear Family: Cactaceae (The Cactus Family)

Opuntia humifusa
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Eastern prickly pear is native to eastern North America east of the Rockies including Ontario. It is a prostrate plant comprised of relatively large flattened pads for a species with such a northerly range. In summer it produces large two to three inch wide golden yellow flowers sometimes with peach or orange centres followed by edible reddish purple fruit. Plant in full sun in sharply draining soil.

Geogrpahical Origin:
North America
Native Habitat:
Openings in sandy forests, sandy savannas, sand prairies, gravel prairies, barrens and rocky bluffs, sandstone and limestone glades, sand dunes, rocky or sandy slopes and pastures.

ClassEvergreen  Primary Bloom ColourYellow 
TypePerennial  Secondary Bloom ColourOrange 
Height4-8'  Bloom TimeSummer 
Spread8-12'  FragranceNo 
Light ExposureSun  Foliage ColourGreen 
Soil MoistureDry Drought Tolerant  Stem Colour 
Hardiness Zone4-10  BerriesNo 
BC NativeYes    

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