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Opuntia humifusa

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Prickly Pear

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This summer-blooming beauty is one of the few cacti native to the Piedmont. The 3-4” wide, eye-catching yellow flowers burst into color in late June. The unique flattened pads of this cactus form a sprawling evergreen groundcover 4-8” tall and are covered with barbed spines. Prickly-pear is quite adaptable and makes a great addition to rock gardens or dry, well-drained soils in sunny locations. For added interest, consider combining it with plants such as Liatris microcephala, Ruellia humilis, Bigelowia nuttallii, Symphyotrichum ericoides, Coreopsis grandiflora, Coreopsis verticillata, Rhus copallinum, or Callicarpa americana.

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