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Cactus
Turns out there are only four species of cactus that grow in Canada. This is the one that is most common in Alberta and the prairies.
Tags: cactus, plant
Species: Opuntia polyacantha (plains pricklypear)

John Harvey Photo > Banff in Mid Week > Drumheller > Cactus

Prickly Pear Cactus
One of my favorite plants and there was no shortage of it.
Species: Opuntia fragilis (brittle prickly pear)

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Brittle Prickly-Pear Cactus On Bluff
I had not idea these showed up in the Gulf Islands, but Plants of Coastal British Columbia confirms it. I figured this was a run away garden plant in zone denial.
Tags: cactus
Species: Opuntia fragilis (brittle prickly pear)

John Harvey Photo > John's Overnight Page > May Long Weekend in Bowser > Brittle Prickly-Pear Cactus On Bluff

Prickly Pear Cactus
This is in a field next to a winery - the field was infested with this stuff. The winery was mostly exposed earth save the grapes.
Species: Opuntia fragilis (brittle prickly pear)

John Harvey Photo > John's Overnight Page > Cathedral Road Trip > Prickly Pear Cactus

Cactus Patch

A sign said the catus grows by the inch and dies by the foot. It was pretty common but if was close to the path it looked pretty ratty.


John Harvey Photo > Trips out of the Country > Grand Canyon Road Trip > Day 5 of Grand Canyon Trip > Cactus Patch