Cactus Suited To Louisiana

I got some starts of a prickly pear cactus last year when a house up the road from us was tearing theirs out.  This is a cactus that will get huge here even with the humid air.  They bloom beautiful yellow flowers in the spring and then form a reddish fruit in it place.

The prickly pear cactus is edible but I am not sure yet if I will try it.  Here is a photo of mine.

dsc00514They can be a trick to weed around as you only have to lightly touch this plant to be stuck with tons of tiny spins that are hard to remove because they are hard to see so always have heavy gloves on to work with this plant.   .