Prickly Pear
Cactacae (Cactus family)

Growth Habit: Perennial, low-forming. Spreading, fleshy plants, commonly in clumps. Reproducing from stems or seeds.

Stems: Flat, jointed. Areoles 8-15 millimeters apart in spirals. Spines are 2-3 centimeters long, scale-like on young branches.

Flowers: Large with numerous petals. 4-5 centimeter lons.

Seeds: Fruit is a pear-shaped berry, often spiny. Seeds are numerous, 5-6 millimeters long, white and flattened.

Other: Native plant that is commonly found in dry, sandy soil. Troublesome weed on overgrazed pastures.