Prickly Pear Rose

Cactus Rose in Allen Centennial Gardens

Prickly Pear Cactus Rose © 2010 Bo Mackison

The prickly pear cactus is in bloom…in Wisconsin. This cactus rose was photographed at Allen Centennial Gardens on the University of Wisconsin- Madison campus.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. That’s really pretty! I’ve seen many prickly pear flowers, but that’s the first of that kind.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      It is a lovely shade of peach. I’m more accustomed to seeing the bright yellows and oranges from the Arizona cacti, too.

  2. Gracious, Bo! You are certainly capturing such wonderful flower shots! Each one expressive and artful. I really like this lovely prickly pear cactus bloom.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      I’ve been spending LOTS of time in a few area gardens – can;t think of much better places either, not with the sunny weather combined with ample rain we’re having. The flowers are great this year.

  3. Gandalf says:

    Wonderfully delicate (albeit with a sting), but what is this doing in Wisconsin? Cheese and Wisconsin yes; cactus and Wisconsin – I don’t know. 🙂

    • Bo Mackison says:

      I DID get a few thorns in my finger – wasn’t paying attention with my eye on the viewfinder. Reminds me of all the stickers I pulled out on my last trip to Arizona! If I lived there, I’d have to carry a PLIERS!

      Oh, we’ve still got plenty of cheese too. No worries.

  4. Such wonderful soft peach colors. Beautiful!!!

  5. Another sumptuous flower, Bo. Beautiful. 🙂

    I was expecting somewhere in the desert, not Wisconsin. lol!

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Wisconsin can throw you a surprise if you aren;t paying close attention. So I find out…there is a prickly pear cactus native to Wisconsin. Who knew?

  6. Never heard of this flower before. It’s very cool – it sort of reminds me of incredibly delicate tissue paper twisted together to make the petals. My own interesting perspective I suppose. 🙂

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