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I just think this is neat. Growing up in rainy Vancouver, I was surprised to find out there are cacti in Southern BC. This one was near Lillooet. The photo was taken in June, a few years ago.



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I just think this is neat...



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Prickly Pear... many years ago we used to boat over to Saltspring Island from Land's-End, and hike the south and west flanks of the island. I was startled to see Prickly Pears growing there, I often wonder if they still exist .
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I just think this is neat. Growing up in rainy Vancouver, I was surprised to find out there are cacti in Southern BC. This one was near Lillooet. The photo was taken in June, a few years ago.



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These grow all over southern BC as well throughout the Caribou and many other areas including the Praries.
They're fun to pull out of your dog's muzzle and if you brush by them when walking they magically jump up and attach themselves to the back of your leg.
Very tenacious and hardy plant.
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These are also found along the tops of the cliffs in Helliwell park on Hornby island. Watch where you sit! I've also seen them in various canyons on the north side of the Chilcotin mountains west of Williams Lake.
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I've seen them on Lasqueti Island as well.

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They are beautiful,and they DO jump!!![:0]
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I had no idea they were so prolific on the islands.

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Taken near Cache Creek, 2006




...and as Slowup mentioned, they are tenacious little hitch-hikers. Once they get a hold of your clothing, they will "walk" their way upwards with each step!

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One hitchhiked home with us so we put it in some soil. It's still growing.
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Ya but it hasn't flowered...yet.
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I usually FEEL them before I see them!
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I havn't seen these since I moved to B.C. We used to eat the fruit as a delicacy. Very sweet and tasty. The leaves themselves are also very edible, tasting a bit like cucumbre.
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