Opuntia polyacantha “Plains Prickly Pear” Cactaceae

Salmon-Challis National Forest, ID
March 19, 2015
Robert Niese

Cacti are not really the kinds of plants I normally associate with the Pacific Northwest, but we have several species native to our area (two and some hybrids, really). They are commonly found in arid, open areas east of the Cascades, but can also be found on many of the islands throughout the Salish Sea!