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Fragile Prickly-Pear
(Pygmy Prickly-Pear)

Opuntia fragilis



First Noted by Expedition
May 20, 1805, along the Musselshell River, Montana.
 

Description
The entire plant forms a low, matted, clump of spiny jointed stems. Flowers 1.5-2 in (3.8-5 cm) wide, yellow or greenish, blooming near upper ends of joints. Height: 8-10 in (20-25 cm), with the clump 1-3 ft (0.3-0.9 m) wide.
 

Habitat
Dry open areas.
 

Range
Western Washington and southern British Columbia; south on the east side of the Cascade Mountains to northern California and northern Arizona; east to northern Texas and southern Michigan.
 

Note
This is one of the most common low prickly-pears.

Species information from enature.com
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