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Eastern Prickly Pear
Opuntia humifusa

a.k.a. Devil's-tongue

Eastern Prickly Pear is one of two species of prickly pear cactus native to Minnesota. A perfect choice for hot summer sites, tolerates a range of soil conditions as long as soil is well-drained. Germinates readily from seeds.

USDA symbol: OPHU

General Information

Plant TypeShrub
Height6 to 12 inches
Light ExposureSun
Soil MoistureDry
Bloom ColorYellow
Eastern Prickly Pear (Eastern Prickly Pear<div><em class="small">Opuntia humifusa</em></div>)
Photo credit: CC Hans Hillewaert (Click to enlarge)


Flooding / Inundation ToleranceLow
General Resilience3
Salt ToleranceHigh
Stress ToleranceDrought Tolerant, General Disturbance

Pollinator Value: Very High

Bloom MonthsMay to July
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Provides Nectar, Supports Generalists

Project Planning

Project TypeErosion Control, Restoration
Coefficient of Conservatism2
Herbivore SensitivityLow
Rate of SpreadSlow
Soil StabilizationShallow
Vegetative ReproductionClonal


CountyBlue Earth, Brown, Chippewa, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Yellow Medicine
EcoregionDriftless Area, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Glaciated Plains, Northern Lakes and Forests, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland