Prickly Pear Pics

soilent_greenJune 18, 2012

Two photos taken June 17 showing blooms on my Opuntia macrorhiza Plains Prickly Pear cactus. These plants are Minnesota natives harvested fifteen years ago, with permission, from private land in the Minnesota River valley near Morton, where they still grow wild. Plains Prickly Pear has been almost eradicated from Minnesota because of its undesirable qualities as related to farming and animal husbandry.

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I neglected to mention that the lighter green pads with small developing thorns are the new growth since spring. The blooms occur on fruiting outgrowths only on the older established thorny pads.

Prickly Pear is a native edible.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2012 at 2:32AM
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