Spreading Pricklypear (Prickly Cactus)
Scientific Name - Opuntia humifusa (Raf.) Raf.
Family - Cactaceae
Flat, thick, succulent-leaved, low-growing perennial. Leaves with sharp spines, hence the name. Spines brown, gray or white. Flowers yellow. Fruits spiny, purplish-red when ripe. Reproduces by seed and fragmentation of pads(leaves). Found in low maintenance turfgrass areas, especially in sandy soils. Occurs from Massachusetts, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kansas, South Dakota, and Montana south into Florida and west to Texas. Also found in southern Ontario and Mexico