1606 N 600 Rd, Baldwin City, 66006

prickly pear cactus

Optunia polyacantha

Low mats of spiny pads which can colonize large beds over time. Showy flowers are followed by edible fruit — cylindrical, brownish pods. Spreads by seed and rooting of detached segments. Survives throughout an immense range of temperatures, ranging from -50* F in Canada to well above 100* F in Mexico. The prickly pear provides food for many types of animals, including humans!