GROUND COVER: Opuntia humifusa (Eastern Prickly Pear)

Opuntia humifusa, Eastern Prickly Pear

Opuntia humifusa, Eastern Prickly Pear
Photo © Christa Watters

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus (formerly O. compressa) is unique. Its natural habitat is in scattered pockets from Ontario, Canada, to Florida and Louisiana, rather than the Southwest. Though infrequent throughout Virginia,* it is native to Fairfax and Prince William counties. Like many of its desert relatives, it is edible, but handle with care!

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