Opuntia humifusa
prickly pear cactus

Opuntia humifusa
Opuntia humifusa
Photo courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Opuntia humifusa
Common name: prickly pear cactus
Group: dicot
Family: Cactaceae
Growth type: shrub
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 4 - 12"
Foliage: fleshy pads with spines and small barbed hooks
Flower: yellow, 2 - 3"
Flowering time: June - July
Habitat: dry, sandy soils
Range in New Jersey: local statewide, decreasing northward
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a