A cactus called “Holy Joe!” though “OUCH” would work too.

Flower prickly pear 2

Who ever heard of an East Coast cactus? Much less a Maine cactus?! In Maine they’re called “Holy Joe” in polite society. Down here in southern Maryland they are called “Prickly Pear”.

Flower prickly pear

Close-up of blossoms and thorns. See those long things! OUCH!


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Carrie Staples

Author, illustrator of "The Yarn Animal Book", probably the only craft book with instructions for making such unique yarn animals as an orangutan, an ant eater, a llama and a star-nosed mole and "The Single Minded Prince, a fairy tale for all ages about a boy and a pirate captain who both misbehave. The books and a booklet series based on each different yarn craft topic covered in "The Yarn Animal Book" (pompoms and other really easy yarn crafts, knitting, crocheting, rya, needlepoint and embroidery), are available on Amazon and Kindle.

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