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Honestly, I thought these had to have gotten loose from somebody's garden, but after digging around, it appears we DO have a native cactus in Arkansas--the Eastern Prickly-Pear. I'm shocked. Other names include Low Prickly Pear, Smooth Prickly Pear, and Devil's Tongue. I'm excited to learn when they bloom so that I can make a trip back to them. They can be eaten in found young enough as to have no spikes yet.
These were found under tall pines on the crest of a very rocky hill. The area was open and devoid of most low foliage. Quite a few clusters were dotting the top of this hill. The area certainly got shade, but looked like it would also get a good dose of sunlight at times.
Spotted on Sep 17, 2019
Submitted on Sep 22, 2019