I like the way it has different colored flowers on the same pad. Some of the petals have faded, or maybe it was the rain. Still really pretty and fresh looking, though.
I Googled Prickly Pear Cactus to see if that's the one I have, and it is. It says it's the Texas State Plant.
"The prickly pear cactus was designated the official plant symbol of Texas in 1995. Found in the deserts of the American southwest, the fruits of most prickly pear cacti are edible, and have been a source of food to native Americans for thousands of years. Cacti in general (and the fruits in particular) are still staple foods for some residents of Mexico and Latin America and the prickly pear cactus is raised commercially. The fruit is sold under the name 'Tuna'; the branches or pads are eaten as a vegetable, called 'nopalito' or 'nopales.' "
I guess the little round parts that the blooms are on must be the fruit part. Our HOA's gardener, Jacinto, cuts off the end pieces of mine and another prickly pear across the lawn and brings them home for his wife to cook. I had never heard of cooking cactus until he told me about it.
I also have some pretty snapdragons blooming now. And bird of paradise, lavender, lantana, poinsettia, and others. We always have lots of flowers around here. During my estate sale people asked if they could buy my iris bulbs, some of which were in bloom. They are beautiful when they all bloom at once, but they are in the ground, and I thought they should stay for the new owner.