Monday, June 26, 2017

The Yellow Rose of the Cacti Family

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

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