The Eastern Prickly Pear, seen in the picture to the left, is a plant native to Michigan. Opuntia humifusa, a spiny succulent likes sandy areas, and open rocky sites. It blooms in late spring, and summer. It has flat, fleshy pads (called cladodes) covered in spiky spines. Prickly pear can also be eaten. For more information check out the links, below that were used as references. The Nature Conservancy native plant reference or DNR native plant reference .
This photo was taken by Amy Nelson a member of Western Hills Garden Club.
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