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Opuntia humifusa 'North Carolina'


Opuntia humifusa 'North Carolina' is an eastern prickly pear with yellow flowers, red fruit and flat pads with few spines.

Opuntia humifusa 'North Carolina' is an eastern prickly pear native to eastern North America east of the Rockies including Ontario. It is a prostrate plant comprised of small, bright green oval pads with few spines. Large, yellow flowers are followed by bright red fruit which persists throughout the year. Growth habit is 5 - 18 inches high by 36 inches wide. This is one of the most moisture tolerant cacti in existence and will usually grow in normal garden soil. Great in the container and rock garden. Easy to grow.

Common Name: Eastern Prickly Pear

Family: Cactaceae (The Cactus Family)

Zone Hardiness: 5-11

Light: Full Sun, Part Shade

Height: 8-12"

Width: 2-3'

Primary Bloom Colour: Yellow

Secondary Bloom Colour:

Class: Evergreen

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Spring

Soil Moisture: Dry, Drought Tolerant

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: No

Berries: Yes

Berries: Red

Benefits: Bees

Deer Resistant: Yes

BC Native: Yes

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.


Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - North America

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