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Opuntia humifusa

Here we go round the prickly pear
Prickly pear prickly pear
Here we go round the prickly pear
At five o’clock in the morning.
         –T.S. Eliot

 

A good spring for our one native cactus—

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though here at the boreal edge of its range, it would take an exceptionally long and complaisant summer to produce juicy, seed-bearing fruit.