November 07, 2013


Candelabra by ricmcarthur
Candelabra, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
Half the bulbs are not turned on.

I think this is a type of prickly pear cactus. We saw them with red or yellow flowers.
We have a yellow variety in southern Ontario, probably the very edge of their range.
The Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia humifusa) is what we get.
While looking for information on the plant I came across this entry -
How to Eat Prickly Pear Cactus

The answer is obvious - very carefully.

Odd fact - like all true cactus species, prickly pears are native only to the Western hemisphere

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