Spring In The Heart of Texas

A spineless prickly pear cactus (Opuntia ellisiana) celebrates the season with new growth

But if you’d like to give it an encouraging pat on its pad, be careful. Though missing the long, sharp spines associated with cacti, all prickly pear — even the so-called “spineless” — are covered with nearly invisible glochids.  Less obvious than larger spines, they can be even more painful to experience, and far more difficult to remove.


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