Prickly Pear Cactus
Also known as nopal cactus and Indian fig, it thrives in dry, rocky poor soil with little care.
The cactus is also a food source. The fruits (those roundish buds) are sweet, juicy and nutritious and the pads (the flat beaver-tale shaped parts) are cooked and eaten as a vegetable.
Aren’t the flowers gorgeous?
These are NOT so gorgeous…
Thought this one looked like a heart….
And does this sign just crack you up? Personally, there’s no way I’m reaching my hand in there to pick a cactus! OUCH!
“I bought a cactus. A week later it died. And I got depressed, because I thought, Damn. I am less nurturing than a desert.”