My beavertail cactus (Opuntia basilaris) has been regaling us with a succession of flowers all week. The petals are almost diaphanous, with a lovely silky sheen and a deep magenta color.
Move over daffodils, this my official Easter flower!
The beavertail cactus (Opuntia basilaris) is native to the western and southwestern United States. Since it has virtually no spines it’s one of the more user-friendly cacti, but watch out for those glochids, the small but dense bundles of bristles that dot the sides of the pads. They detach easily and just as easily penetrate your skin. The quickest way to remove them, in my experience, is with packing tape.