Eastern Opuntias

These are opuntias found primarily in the eastern United States excluding Florida. Most of these plants are cold-hardy, moisture tolerant, easy to grow, and good bloomers. Thus, they are great garden plants.

Opuntia mesacantha

Rafinesque, Bulletin Botanique 1: 216, 1830 (Also Opuntia mesacantha Raf ssp mesacantha Majure) See O. cespitosa    See O. humifusa    See O. lata Neotype; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Hebarium (as O. humifusa); Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium   What is Opuntia mesacantha? Opuntia mesacantha is a southeastern prickly pear found in Georgia, Alabama, and Florida and adjacent …

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Opuntia cespitosa

Rafinesque, Bulletin Botanique 2: 216, 1830 Neotype; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium (as O. humifusa); Herbarium (with O. nemoralis); Herbarium (as humifusa); Herbarium (as humifusa); Herbarium (as O. humifusa); Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium (as O. humifusa); Herbarium See O. humifusa   See O. lata    See O. mesacantha What is Opuntia cespitosa? Opuntia cespitosa is a prickly pear included in the O. humifusa group of cacti (O.

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Opuntia macrarthra

Gibbes, Proceedings of the Elliott Society of Natural History of Charleston, South Carolina 1: 273, 1859 Neotype (O. macrarthra); Isoneotype (O. macrarthra); Painting; Painting (Britton and Rose, The Cactaceae, v1 1919, Plate XV and Plate XXII) What is Opuntia macrarthra? Opuntia macrarthra is a small to medium-sized prickly pear cactus found along the coast of South Carolina and its islands.  Details …

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Opuntia tunoidea

Gibbes, Proceedings of the Elliott Society of Natural History 1: 272, 1859 O. bentonii is similar to O. tunoidea Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium What is Opuntia tunoidea? Opuntia tunoidea is a prickly pear cactus that occurs along the coast of South Carolina. It has been confused over the years with O. dillenii (see Britton and Rose).  …

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Opuntia lata

Small, Journal of the New York Botanical Garden 20: 26, 1919 (Also Opuntia mesacantha Raf ssp. lata [Small] Majure) Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium (as O. impedita); Herbarium (as O. impedita); Painting See O. cespitosa    See O. humifusa    See O. mesacantha What is Opuntia lata? Opuntia lata is prickly pear cactus known from …

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Opuntia pusilla (O. drummondii)

(Haworth) Haworth, Synopsis Plantarum Succulentarum 195, 1812 Neotype; Neotype; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium;  Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium (O. frustulenta); Painting What is Opuntia pusilla? Opuntia pusilla is a small prickly pear cactus of the coastal plains from North Carolina, across northern Florida, to Mississippi. While thought of as …

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Opuntia humifusa

(Rafinesque) Rafinesque, Flora Medica (or Manual of the Medical Botany of the United States of North America) 2: 247, 1830 Neotype; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium (as O. calcicola); Herbarium (as Cactus humifusus); Herbarium (as Cactus opuntia) Drawing (Curtis’s Botanical Magazine, vol. 50: pl 2393, 1823 [as Cactus opuntia]); Drawing (Audubon, Birds of America [double elephant folio edition, plate …

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