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Scientific Name:

Opuntia humifusa


Devil's-Tongue is a species of prickly pear cactus with flat, rounded pads and vibrant yellow flowers.


Dry, sandy or rocky areas, open fields, roadsides, prairies


Devil's-Tongue provides nectar and pollen for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. It also serves as a food source and habitat for certain birds, mammals, and reptiles.

Growing Conditions:

Devil's-Tongue thrives in well-drained, sandy or rocky soils in full sun


Devil's-Tongue is often used in xeriscape and native plant landscapes. It can also be cultivated for its edible fruits.

(please exercise caution and consult additional sources or experts before consuming any vegetation):

Fruit (prickly pear) can be eaten raw or cooked

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Fun Facts:

Devil's-Tongue is a resilient and drought-tolerant plant that is well-adapted to arid environments. It has unique adaptations to conserve water, such as succulent stems and spines.

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