• Opuntia humifusa
  • Opuntia humifusa
  • Opuntia humifusa
  • Opuntia humifusa
    Opuntia humifusa
    Opuntia humifusa - variation in flower colour

Opuntia humifusa

Eastern Prickly Pear, Indian Fig, Devil's Tongue
Size: ex 1L pot

Availability: In stock

£10.99

Quick Overview

  • Very hardy cactus
  • Tolerates winter wet and hard frosts
  • Yellow flower in June
  • Full sun and good drainage

Description

Opuntia humifusa is endemic to Northeastern USA and over the border into Ontario, Canada. It grows on sandy soils, rocky outcrops or on cliffs and bluffs, tolerating extensive winter wet, long periods of sub-zero temperatures, heavy frost and deep snowfall. Of all the many Opuntia species that are fully hardy in the UK, Opuntia humifusa is probaby the most suitable for British conditions, tolerating wetter conditions than most Opuntias. Typically in a cold winter, it shrivels somewhat, its skin crinkling and turning purple but when the warm weather of Spring rolls around again, it regains condition and growth is rapid, sprouting many new cladodes.

It quickly forms small prostrate clumps, its cladodes typically growing sideways until they reach the ground and re-root. It often has few or even absent spines but the dense tufts of glochids need to be treated with respect and a thick pair of gloves. Its yellow flowers appear in early summer, typically in June and are followed by the prickly pears, which slowly turn from green through yellow to purple. They are edible as are the cladodes themselves.

A very easy cactus to grow, Opuntia humifusa is probably the best Opuntia to start with if you havn't yet begun to grow cacti outdoors in the UK. All it needs is a sunny aspect and a sandy, free-draining substrate.

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Perfect Review by Rob
Bought this for my rock and desert garden and is a perefct addition! Plant is a good size and brilliant quality, well worth it fir any cactus fan (Posted on 08/06/2018)
Exactly what I wanted Review by Alan
This was part of my order for plants to illustrate adaptations in a new Science Garden at the local High School. I wanted some "head turners" and Opuntia does the trick. The plant was big and in perfect condition. I planted it in the recommended mix and covered the whole bed with an open-ended polythene tunnel in October. After the wettest winter on record here in the NE and the wind ripping part of the tunnel, they have all come through in great condition. The Opuntia has two new "pads" coming. (Posted on 25/03/2016)
good product Review by james
opuntia recieved in march so still in winter mode and a bit floppy,wrinkly but this was expected and will no doubt pick up as watering is increased.good plant tho with good root system (Posted on 11/03/2016)

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Opuntia humifusa

Eastern Prickly Pear, Indian Fig, Devil's Tongue
Size: ex 1L pot

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