Yes – Cactus in Illinois! Eastern Prickly Pear
This one is on the McDonald Farm in Naperville. growing on a high dry spot ( also pictured is Silene regia
(Royal Catchfly). The cactus will flower a light orange blossom in spring.
Bees are attracted to the flowers, and the flesh parts are sometimes eaten by deer, rabbits and a variety of other animals despite the spines! The cactus is fairly easy to grow – likes dry sandy, or rocky soil and does well in poor soils !
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