Edible Native Plants, Focal point
Dry, sandy or gravelly. well-drained.
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia humifusa) is the only cactus that is widespread in the eastern United States. It forms in low, wide mounds and thrives in full sun in dry, sandy, well-drained soil. The flat, fleshy, green pads are covered with barbed thistles, and in the spring it produces bright yellow flowers often with red centers. Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus produces a reddish fruit after flowering, and the fruit, along with most parts of the cactus, is edible. Many animals use this cactus for cover due to its shape, low-growing habit, and protective barbs, and the fruit provides food for a variety of birds and other animals.
We ship from two locations:
Maryland – Our nursery in Maryland is perfectly located to serve the Eastern United States within a 2-3 day shipping window. You will receive the most reasonable shipping rates from our Maryland location if you live east of Ohio.
Illinois – Our nursery in Illinois is perfectly located to serve the Midwestern United states within a 2-3 day shipping window. You will receive the most reasonable shipping rates from our Illinois location if you live west of West Virginia.
Not all plants are offered at both locations. You can find more information on our products and packaging on the Shipping Information page.
We are now shipping for Fall 2023!