The blossoms of the Prickly Pear are unique and intricate.

I snapped this shot in South Texas in November and have heard from Texan friends that these buds are opening now, just in time for Mothers’ Day.

 

The cactus flower is a symbol of maternal love because it can endure and thrive in harsh conditions and therefore symbolic of a mother’s unconditional love. A mother’s protective qualities conveyed by the cactus flower due to its medicinal properties. ~ Native American cultural beliefs