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Prickly-pear
Opuntia humifusa

Many people are surprised to learn that Connecticut has cacti, but the prickly pear is found in all eastern states except for Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire. Prickly pear is, however, rare in Connecticut, and the state has listed it as a species of special concern. The leaves have many small, barbed hooks that are painful and difficult to remove.

• Family: Cactus (Cactaceae)
• Habitat: exposed rocky or sandy sites
• Height: 4-12 inches
• Flower size: 2-3 inches across
• Flower color: yellow
• Flowering time: June to July
• Origin: native

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Opuntia humifusa
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Prickly pear fruits at the edges of the cactus pads.

Last updated November 13, 2005. © 2005 Connecticut Botanical Society. All rights reserved.