Pricklypear Cactus

(Opuntia humifusa)

Sharp spines singly or in pairs (sometimes absent) can cause a painful puncture. Unnoticed but equally painful are the tiny spines that frequent this plant. Striking yellow flowers bloom in the spring and summer. All parts are a favorite food of gopher tortoises. Green fruit ripen to a reddish color. The ripened fruit can be eaten raw or made into jelly. The paddles can be eaten after removing the spines.

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