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Cactus Blossom is not Yellow-Bellied

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 16 July 2009 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Opuntia humifusa, prickly pear cactus or devil's tongue, is a low growing, spreading succulent cactus with enlarged fleshy, spiny, green pads and lemon yellow flowers. The showy yellow flowers are 3 to 4 inches across and bloom in May and June. Prickly pear cactus is found growing wild in colonies on glades of limestone, sandstone, and igneous rock and sandy fields and pastures throughout the Ozarks and most of the Midwest and eastern USA. The common name prickly pear refers to the red, bristly, pearlike fruit. Native Americans ate the fruit, pads, buds, and flowers raw, cooked, or dried. Prickly pear cactus plants are grown in the wild flower rock garden as a focal point or can be grown inside as a potted plant.

Prickly pear cactus plants, when growing wild, often lay flat or near the ground. Under optimal garden conditions prickly pear will grow one to two feet tall and produce larger pads. They thrive in rock gardens or containers and can be effective in a mixed planting, borders and natural areas. Hardy prickly pear is low-growing and its brilliant yellow flowers and meandering pads are a welcome addition to the sunny flower garden.

Photo taken Thursday, July 9, 2009 at Illinois Beach State Park.

Canon PowerShot A630 1/800 second F/4.0 8 mm

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Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Like a huge sun : a nice warm shot.

16 Jul 2009 7:15am

zOOm from Paris, France

And a sunny picture !

16 Jul 2009 10:26am

Linda from Riga/Sigulda, Latvia


16 Jul 2009 3:25pm

MARIANA from waterloo, Canada

Beautiful macro !

16 Jul 2009 3:33pm

MEC from Setúbal, Portugal

Beautiful! Love the colours.

16 Jul 2009 6:17pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

I'm growing yellow / green with envy, as our opuntias never tried to bloom! A beautiful shot with great warm colours!

16 Jul 2009 11:17pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

The prickly pear is one of my favorite blooms of ALL flowers... you captured it well.

17 Jul 2009 12:35am