• Plant Type: Perennial
• Sunlight: Full sun
• Soils: Dry, sandy or rocky soil. Needs good drainage.
• Bloom Time: June-August. Fruit in mid-fall.
• Size: Up to 18 inches tall. Usually creeping.
New England’s only native cactus! Beautiful showy flowers and delicious, edible purple fruit make this plant a wonderful, unique specimen for rock gardens, roadsides, and barren sand/gravel strips. Great contrast with sparse grasses and herbs. Wild plants are protected in MA.
Purple Lovegrass (Eragrostis spectibilis), Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa), Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum), Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi), Wavy Hairgrass (Deschampsia flexuosa)
• Fruit for birds, small mammals and people!
• Provides nectar and pollen for native bees.
Dry, sandy and rocky areas such as dunes and gravel fields.