Prickly Pear

Opuntia humifusa

Photo of Prickly Pear
Photo by Dr. John Meade, weed scientist emeritus
Rutgers Cooperative Extension

New Jersey's only native cactus. Found mostly in South Jersey but it is present on the stony cliffs along Route 31 in Hunterdon County and elsewhere. A problem for bare feet.

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  1. Rutgers
  2. Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  3. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences