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Prairie Wildflowers and Grasses of North Dakota

Spring Wildflowers

Craig Bihrle photo: Ball cactus
Craig Bihrle
  Ball cactus
(Coryphantha vivipara)

Distribution: statewide, except extreme east and northeast
Habitat: dry, sandy, rocky prairie, road ditches, and south facing slopes
Flowers: purple in color, fairly large and has many petals
Height: 1-2 inches
Blooms: late May to July
Family name: Cactus (Cactaceae)
Other names: Purple pincushion cactus, Nipple cactus
Plant uses and other interesting facts: Bees are attracted to pollen-laden blossoms when in bloom.

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