Even if, because of our yearlong drought, barely anything is blossoming this spring, the cacti – of course, they’re more than well-adapted to this climate of ours – are the exception. Meanwhile they’re in full bloom:
Both Mesquite and cacti [here prickly pear] are considered more or less some kind of weed by the farmers/ranchers hereabouts. But it’s (nearly) impossible to get rid of them. Mesquite e.g. starts growing again if only the smallest piece of its root(s), which on the one hand can reach to a depth of 150 feet or more, or, on the other hand, may widely spread just under the surface, is left in the soil. On top of that, Mesquite is quite resistent against a lot of herbicides.
Cacti, on the other hand, are a kind of a last resort food for cattle in times of extreme drought and thus can be a boon to ranchers. After the thorns have been torched off, the hungry cattle can eat the leaves.
Whatever one thinks of the cacti and their usefulness, they’re pretty to look at wgen they’re blossoming:Btw, we could make quite a bit of beer from our cacti. See here: Beer-Tasting (5)
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- South Texas ranchers feeding cactus to keep from liquidating herds (southeastfarmpress.com)
- Flat and Jointed Cacti (cactuslovers.wordpress.com)
- Hedgehog Cacti Are In Bloom (kenneturner.com)
- Drought: Why the Dust Bowl may be coming back (thestar.com)
- Cacti & Thorns (Spines): Why? (swittersb.wordpress.com)
- Shiner’s Brewers Pride Series – Prickly Pear (samplingcraft.wordpress.com)
- Red Grapes and Prickly Pear (pddblog.wordpress.com)
- Strange fruit: prickly pear (crunchyurban.wordpress.com)