The Prickly Pear Cactus consists of many round circular pads growing from a thick, round trunk. The pads are all course and barbed and covered with spines. These pads can also be used to store water for the cactus in case of a drought. The Prickly Pear Cactus can grow up to seven feet tall.
Some Prickly Pear Cacti grow small yellow flowers with red centers, like the ones in the image above. Some also grow red or purple colored fruit, called prickly pears, shown in the image to the left. Both the prickly pears and the pads of the cactus are edible.