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Opuntia humifusa (compressa)

Prickly Pear

Opuntia humifusa (compressa) (Prickly Pear)

This is a winter hardy, clump-forming cactus with round-to-oval, flattened, succulent green pads. They are not leaves but swollen water-storing stem segments that have a few needle-like spines and are covered with numerous tufts of bristles. In June and July, showy, bright yellow flowers bloom, about two to three inches in width, with a reddish eye. In late summer, edible, pulpy fruits ripen and are used for candies and jams.

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6-12 Inches


12-18 Inches


Bloom/Seasonal Color
Medium Yellow

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Blue Sage (Salvia azurea), Sand Phlox (Phlox bifida), Gray-head Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata), Royal Catchfly (Silene regia)

Characteristics & Attributes

Season of Interest

Mid (May-June)
Late (July-frost)

Soil Moisture


Sun Exposure

Full Sun

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