I've been pricked by one too many cacti to be a fan. Of the strangest facts about this plant is that people actually turn it into jam, syrup and even an alcoholic spirit.

The Prickly Pear cactus was apparently introduced into South Africa about 300 years ago to act as a fence to protect farm animals from predators. This cactus was also used as a food source for people and animals and its shallow root system helped prevent soil erosion.

All of these facts aside, I just can't help thinking of John Wayne whenever I see this plant. Funny that.

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