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, Phytotaxa 290, 1: 1–65 ) See O. cespitosa    See O. humifusa    See O. lata Neotype; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Hebarium (as O. humifusa); Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium; Herbarium Original Description  What is Opuntia mesacantha? Opuntia mesacantha is a southeastern prickly pear found in …

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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 Original Description What is Opuntia cespitosa? Opuntia cespitosa is a prickly pear in the O. humifusa group of cacti …

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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 Original Description What is Opuntia tunoidea? Opuntia tunoidea is a prickly pear cactus that occurs along the coast of South Carolina and on adjacent islands. It has been confused over the years with …

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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, Phytotaxa 290, 1: 1–65 ) 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 Original Description What is Opuntia lata? …

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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 Original Description What is Opuntia pusilla? Opuntia pusilla is a small prickly pear cactus of the Atlantic Coastal Plants from North Carolina, and across  parts of northern Florida …

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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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