Dorothy and I went out to a ranch where we (legally and with permission) harvested cacti of 3 varieties: Prickly Pear (Opuntia polyacantha), Mountain Ball (Pediocactus simpsonii) and Pincushion (Coryphantha vivipara). Incidentally, my new favorite food is cactus fruit.
Here are the cacti in situ:
|Prickly Pear Cactus in the foreground, with Pincushion Cactus in the background.|
We are doing more plant shopping on Wednesday to find wildflowers to fill in some of the gaps, so more new plants are on the way! Stay tuned!
Written by Brenna Marsicek, UW Biodiversity Institute