The prickly pear cactus is found in southern United States in many of our deserts. Flowers will form on the cactus during late spring and early summer. Native Americans used the buds for food. It is native to United States, Mexico, and South America, but can be found in many different regions around the world.
Observation and photo taken by @hikersincrime via instagram #natureinla
A cactus (plural: cacti, cactuses, or cactus) is a member of the plant family Cactaceae, within the order Caryophyllales. The word "cactus" derives, through Latin, from the Ancient Greek κάκτος (kaktos), a name originally used for a spiny plant whose identity is not certain. Cacti are native to the Americas, ranging from Patagonia in the south to parts of western Canada in the north—except for Rhipsalis baccifera, which also grows in Africa and Sri Lanka.