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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.