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Opuntia humifusa /Prickly Pear Cactus

Opuntia humifusa  / Opuntia humifusa
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Flowers with many buds ready to open

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Scientific Name: Opuntia humifusa
Common Name: Prickly Pear Cactus
Plant Type: Evergreen
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: Yellow
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
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Landscape Categories: Plants for Xeriscapes
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Comments: The most widely distributed cactus which grows well in dry locations, but performs well even in humid areas as long as the soil is well drained. It has yellow flowers followed by red, egg shaped, edible fruit that supposedly taste somewhat like watermelon.