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Opuntia humifusaOpuntia humifusa (O. compressa)

eastern prickly-pear cactus

Photograph(s) by*: RHW

Characteristics

Height: 0.5-1'
Flowers: Jun.-Jul.; yellow
Fruit: purplish to deep red; fleshy

Conditions *

Light: Full sun
Moisture: Dry
Soil pH:
Soil type: Loamy Sandy

Habitat

sandy coastal dunes or shaly soils

Native to

Region: Coastal Mountain *
States: MD

Wildlife

Butterfly *

Notes

fruit edible, used for jelly

Groundcover



 Publication by USFWS BayScapes Conservation Landscaping Program
http://www.nps.gov/plants/pubs/chesapeake/plant/1421.htm
Last updated: 1 October 2004