Plains Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia polyacantha)

Plains Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia polyacantha) is a succulent, perennial shrub found in sunny prairie grasslands and on dry hillsides at elevations ranging from 4,000 to 7,500 feet. Prickly pear cacti are easy to identify because there are limited numbers of cacti of its size in Colorado. Continue reading “Plains Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia polyacantha)”

Rubber Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus nauseosus)

Rubber Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus nauseosus) lives at 4,500 to 10,000 feet in dry, sunny environments and, specifically, in clay soils of the plains and foothills geographic zones. It can grow to be five to seven feet tall. Flowers are yellow and clustered in groups of four to six. Continue reading “Rubber Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus nauseosus)”