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Friday, June 18, 2010

Prickly Pear (Opuntia fragilis)

These tough little cactus plants are VERY well protected but it's worth risking some inevitable punctures to get close enough to smell the sweet spicy perfume these gorgeous flowers emit. These are Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia fragilis) and were photographed above the Okanagan Valley in Mount Conkle Park.


JoJo said...

Wow you really went far into eastern BC didn't you! What a gorgeous flower, although I'm not sure I would brave the cactus spines for a whiff!

Chelle said...

The fruit on these produces a wonderful tasting jelly too! Pretty picture!

SRQ said...

Yes, not only are they pretty but the juice is yummy too.