Opuntia humifusa (Dwarf from Claude Barr) is an Eastern Prickly Pear with yellow flowers, edible red fruit and flat, nearly spinless pads.
Opuntia humifusa (Dwarf from Claude Barr) is an Eastern Prickly Pear native to eastern North America east of the Rockies including Ontario. It is a prostrate plant comprised of relatively large and flattened blue-green coloured pads which are nearly spineless. We're not sure what is "dwarf" about this form. Large and ruffled golden yellow flowers are produced in summer with bright orange eyes which are followed by deep red fruit which persists all winter. Both the pads and fruit are edible and tasty. Growth habit is 6-8 inches high by 24 to 36 inches wide. Awesome in planters or as spillers. Easy to grow in well-drained soil.
Common Name: Eastern Prickly Pear
Family: Cactaceae (The Cactus Family)
Zone Hardiness: 3-10
Light: Full Sun
Primary Bloom Colour: Yellow
Secondary Bloom Colour: Orange
Bloom Time: Summer
Soil Moisture: Dry, Drought Tolerant
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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