*Please note: You will likely receive a plant similar to those shown in the last two photos. The first two photos are taken after several years of happy growth!*
Soil: Xeric (Dry)
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Height: 1 foot
Blooms: June – July
Suggested Uses: Did you know that we have a cactus that is native to Minnesota? (We actually have a few!) Prickly Pear grows well in dry gardens and dry container gardens. They are tolerant of humidity and some moisture. These have gorgeous yellow flowers with lots of delicate petals.
Native Range: Native to the eastern half of the U.S. Native to the Southeastern corner of Minnesota.
Pollinators: Bees and moths.
Flowers: The flowers are up to 3″ in diameter. Flowers are very short-lived and give way to round, edible fruits.
Leaves: The leaves are broad and flat with lots of spines.
Food Uses: Fruits are edible when ripe and are eaten raw and in jelly. Young tender leaf pads are served in many Mexican style dishes.
Other Uses: The mucilaginous juice from the stem was used by the Dakota and Pawnee to fix colors painted on hides.
More Info: Some parts of the plant are poisonous
Other Names: Devil’s Tongue, Smooth Prickly Pear
More information: USDA plant profile
Full Sun, Dry Soil, Spring Blooming, Summer Blooming, Fall Blooming, Short Height