Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

A comprehensive database of Tennessee native plants

Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus, Devil’s Tongue

Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus, Devil’s Tongue 

Opuntia humifusa (Opuntia compressa)

Full sun, dry moisture level, sandy or stony soil, neutral pH.  6 inches height, blooms in summer, yellow flowers, will spread under desired conditions.

Germination Code:  A

Native Region:  Scattered statewide but primarily in Middle Tennessee, especially in the Central Basin Province

Showy native plant, the only native cactus.  Low and spreading, often prostrate.  Horizontal spread is virtually unlimited if plant is happy.  Low maintenance.  Attracts birds.


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