Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia humifusa)

Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia humifusa)

A hardy cactus native to Minnesota? No, this isn’t a dream. Prickly Pear Cactus loves dry, sandy locations and produces large yellow flowers in summer, followed by red edible fruits that are also attractive. They do have spines like most cactus, and they do hurt, so be careful when handling them.


Sun:    Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture:    Dry
Height:    8 inches
Blooms:    June, July
Color:    Yellow
Spacing:    8″
Zones:    4-9
Benefits:    Pollinators, Deer Resistant

Design Tips

Requires dry, sandy or gravel soils. Cactus pads will shrivel during winter and then regrow in spring.

Companion Plants

Prairie Smoke
Wild Lupine