The Prickly Pear Cactus is a native species of Wisconsin. This means that the plant naturally occurs in this area, and was not imported through human activity. However, these cacti were brought here specifically by a River Revitalization Foundation Staff member years ago, and they are still here thriving and spiking. These cacti are able to thrive in certain parts of the state, specifically the Driftless area where there are dry, sunny slopes.
Our prickly pear cactus garden has
a similar environment since the garden is on the side of a hill and gets a lot of sun. Come see them in July when their yellow flowers bloom!