Virgin Islands Native Plants
Century plant (Agave missionum)
The Century plant is a large succulent shrub with prickly edged leaves. It produces a tall main stem with branches and many cluster of flowers. In early spring to summer, large bright yellow flowers bloom.
Prickly pear (Optuntia dillenii)One of the more common Optuntia species in the dry coastal scrublands of St. John. The red pear-shaped fruit and the pads are edible. It produces 2-3 inch yellow flowers.
This colorful cactus is found on the rocky outcroppings of the north shore. It blooms in the spring and has a club-shaped dark red fruit.
Last updated: June 12, 2017