This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
- Common Name(s):
- Rabbit ears cactus, prickly pear cactus
- Poisonous Plants
- Succulent, flattened stems or shrublike with cylindric stems; leaves lacking or modified into large spines; sharp-pointed glochids in clusters at base of spines; flowers variously colored, with many petals; fruit fleshy or dry.
- Coastal Plain, Piedmont
- Poison Part:
- Glochids (minute bristle-like, barbed hairs in clusters) on the stems (green, thickened stems resemble leaves).
- Poison Delivery Mode:
- Ingestion; splinter-like small infection due to glochids lodged in the skin, eye irritation.
- Painful skin and eye irritation following contact; internal effects in diabetics from ingestion.
- EDIBLE PARTS: Ripe fruit edible raw or in jelly. Leaf pads, fruit and seeds. HARVEST TIME: Only collect plants from areas you kn
- Toxic Principle:
- Unknown; possibly mechanical effect of glochids.
- CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN. SKIN IRRITATION SEVERE!
- Found in:
- Houseplant or interiorscape; Landscape as cultivated ornamental plants, native and naturalized, weedy in disturbed areas, lawns
NCCES plant id: 1109