Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Where Wildflowers Grow

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA

Opuntia humifusa - Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus

Ohio Native Plant - Natural Range

To view the natural range of Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus visit the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service website.

Native Plant of the Year - LEAP (Lake Erie Allegheny Partnership for Biodiversity) - Native Plant of the Year 2017

Only native cactus located in the northeast area of the United States
close up image of prickly pear cactus
I learned the hard way how important it is to wear gloves when working with this cactus
Prickly pear cactus about to open

Wildlife Significance

Nectar Source - 

Oligolectic  Bees - 

Host Plant - 


Restoration - Considered secondary plant for increasing diversity and holding sand in back-dunes

For more details on this plant visit the Illinois Wildflower site
Seed/Plant Provenance -  Mother plant from a friend - Westlake, Ohio 2013 - Seed Prairie Moon Nursery - 2015

Cultivation Information

Height - Fairly flat -  5 to 6 inches when mature
Flower Color - Yellow
Blooms - July - September
Sun - Full to filtered

Hardy Zone - 2 to 10
Soil - Dry
pH - 5.0 to 6.0

Glochids - Are barbed spines which require one to wear gloves when gardening near Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus

Family - Cactaceae 

prickly pear cactus seedling
Young seedling we started from seed
Prickly Pear Cactus blooming
Prickly Pear Cactus blooming