Many people think Cactus plants are quite ugly… sometimes even alien looking. And many don’t seem to know that these plants actually flower. Well, they do… and those flowers can be gorgeous.
Prickly Pear cactus flowers
This first picture is a close up of some partially opened flowers on a cactus called a “Prickly Pear”. The Prickly Pear cactus has a very flat, elephant ear type… what? branches? I don’t think they’re called that. But they’re fleshy, flat, paddle-like things with sharp spikes and thorns coming out of them.
The flowers are quite beautiful, but if I remember correctly – around here at least – cactus plants only bloom a few weeks out of each year.
Prickly Pear cactus garden
As you can see here though, these make excellent little garden bed plants. They can be used to create general cactus gardens, or rock gardens, or a mix of both. They create an unusual and striking display throughout the year, but right before blooming time, these Prickly Pear cactus turn pink.
And of course, being a cactus plant, they require very little water, upkeep, or care. So if you’re xeriscaping – which is the act of gardening or landscaping using native and drought-tolerant plants – these might be excellent additions to your mix.