When I heard a few years ago that the Eastern prickly pear is native to Ohio, I had to get one. Opuntia humifusa's range is from Massachusetts to Minnesota and Ontario to Florida and Oklahoma. At CadMur Manor in Mill Creek, its lemon-yellow flowers started popping a few days ago. Each flower doesn't last much more than 24 hours -- and only that long if Sheba doesn't devour the delicious blooms first. We couldn't stop her from feasting on the flowers last year, but so far at least this year she's left them alone. Maybe she got the point. These cactuses, not surprisingly, like dry, sandy or rocky soil and full sun. Get one for your back yard for something different.
Sheba, Cactus Queen