April cold fronts bring May cactus blooms

Blooming prickly pear

While chasing wildflowers the other day, I very nearly stepped into a big surprise. While the cliche of Texas being covered with wild saguaro cactus is indeed false (not even mentioning the fact that Carnegia gigantea isn’t found in the US outside of Arizona), about half of the state is clear of most forms. Well, kinda. The thick clay soil of North Texas isn’t amenable to most cacti, but every once in a while, a migrating bird dumps a prickly pear seed after feeding on cactus fruit further west, and if it comes across just the right conditions, it might sprout and continue. It won’t thrive, and it certainly won’t form the massive clumps found west of Fort Worth, but it’ll grow and very occasionally bloom.

Blooming prickly pear

Blooming prickly pear

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One response to “April cold fronts bring May cactus blooms

  1. I have neighbors in West Irving who have massive beds of cacti on the sidewalk side of their yard – covered in yellow blooms now. Not sure what type it is though. I always thought it was prickly pear cactus.

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