Opuntia humifusa

Prickly Pear


Barbary Fig, Devil's Tongue, Eastern Prickly Pear, Indian Fig, Low Prickly Pear, Optuntia compressa, Smooth Prickly Pear

ID Characteristics

Life cycle: Perennial
Growth Habit: Prostrate
Propagation: Seed
Leaf Margin: N/A
Leaf Hairs: N/A
Leaf Structure: Cactus, no true leaves
Leaf Arrangement: N/A
Root Type: Fibrous, extensive
Flower Color: Yellow


Similar Species

  • Brittle Cactus or Fragile Prickly-pear Opuntia fragilis
  • Drummond's Prickly-pear Opuntia pusilla

Herbicidal Control Options

  • Preemergence: Selective control option not available
  • Post Emergence: 2, 4-D, Clopyralid, Fluroxypyr, Triclopyr

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