It's the brief time of year when the Opuntia in the cactus beds turn from an interesting yet subdued mat of prickly that can get overlooked...
...to a bright and sunny spectacle that you just can't miss!
Opuntia macrorhiza provides the bulk of the show, as it's a vigorous species that can handle wet winters -- so thrives here in St. Louis.
The yellow blooms have a fair bit of reddish-orange accents in them -- so nice!
I have a couple of other Opuntia that have flowered pink, although I'm not certain exactly which species or cultivar this is:
Maybe it's the Opuntia rhodantha hybrid ‘Hanksville Rose’? I don't think so because of the spines. It could also be Opuntia basilaris x humifusa or Opuntia phaeacantha x pinkavae ‘Nambe Sunrise’. Anybody know?
The blooms do not last long, so we need to enjoy while we can!