Prickly pear is a cactus-type flower that seems to grow many places. I’ve grown mine in Pennsylvania, west Texas, and now in the mountains of Virginia. The ones I have produce yellow flowers. My sister, Julie, sent this picture from Arizona. Aren’t the magenta flowers beautiful and different?
In the winter in Pennsylvania and mountainous Virginia, prickly pear shrivels up and looks dead; however, when spring comes, pods fill up and looks healthy. Prickly pear cactus is drought tolerant. Generally, flowers bloom when it is very hot and after a rain. Mostly, flowers only last a day or two; but while they are in bloom, there is nothing more beautiful in a garden.
We are like prickly pear cactus. Although at times–especially when the environment is harsh–we shrivel up. Yet, we have the potential to produce breath-taking beauty in our lives.
Copyright: September 5 (Labor Day), 2016: Carolyn A. Roth