Most People Don’t Know New Jersey Has Its Very Own Native Cactus And Here’s Where You Can Spot It

When you think of cacti, you probably think of the desert, but there is a single species that is native to New Jersey…the Opuntia humifusa. It’s unique, beautiful, and the only native cactus found east of the Rockies, from Massachusetts southward to Florida and west to Minnesota and Texas.

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Have you spotted Prickly Pear Cacti in New Jersey? If so, where? Share your photos with us in the comments! To enjoy other beautiful yellow flowers in New Jersey, check out this Sunflower Festival in August.