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Eastern Prickley Pear
Think cactus only grows in the southwest? This Opuntia Humifusa grows here in Virginia. It likes rocky and sandy places and that's where this plant's original slip was snipped - on top of the mountain at Rocky Mount, VA. If you have the opportunity, hike to the top of that mountain in early June and you will find quite a display of this Prickey Pear. After the bloom juicy and edible red fruits appear. These are about 3-5 cm. As the fruit matures, it changes colour from green to red, and often remains on the cactus until the following spring. There are 6 to 33 small, flat, light-colored seeds in each fruit. 6-1-2014

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