Not a rose, but this stunning bloom
reminds me of a Spanish Rose.
The Opuntia Robusta, better known as
the Prickly Pear or Wheel Cactus
can be seen blooming in May and June
in gardens and open land here in Texas.
It's a superstar in the state of Texas
and can grow to be five feet tall.
The blue-gray round or oval pads
can grow to be four to ten inches long
and have very sharp spines.
These stunning blooms can be from
two to five inches across.
Once the flower blooms, it leaves
a barrel-shaped fleshy pink or purple fruit.
These edible plants are used in traditional Mexican cuisine.
Though no Prickly Pear grow in my garden,
there are several large plants growing in neighbors'
gardens that I pass by on my daily walks.
I hope you enjoyed seeing a bit of
Texas "sunshine" from one of my recent walks.
Thank you, Pam, for hosting