Prickly Pear Flower Photo 1c  Prickly Pear (Opuntia macrorhiza), which is native to Minnesota, is in bloom. This photo was taken at Peace Garden, Minneapolis, MN on June 29, 2014.   
Prickly Pear Flower Photos:  1a  |  Up-Close  1b  |  1c
Plains Prickly Pear (Opuntia macrohiza)
  Minnesota DNR
Opuntia macrorhiza (Plains Prickly Pear) - Minnesota Wildflowers

Opuntia fragilis (Brittle Prickly Pear) - Minnesota Wildflowers
Cactus - Wikipedia
   Cacti are native to the Americas...  
We've learned a fact that Prickly Pear is native to Minnesota when naturalist Beverly, who volunteered for Arboretum, gave us a nature tour of Arboretum several years ago. The fact surprised us because we thought that Minnesota winters are too cold for cacti.
Growing Cactus Plants in Cold-Winter Climates  (Better Homes and Gardens, Deb Wiley)
Stan Tekiela: Wildflowers of Minnesota Field Guide (Adventure Publications, 1999)
Note: "Connie and Trisha, thank you for locating these cacti the other day." Connie is a volunteer, and Trisha, a horticulturist for Peace Garden.
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posted: August 6, 2014

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