6/29/2020 11:00:00 AM A blooming cactus in Minnesota?
Millie Petersen of Stewartville grew a prickly pear, winter-hardy cactus at her former address, and when she moved to her new home along Third Avenue Northwest about four years ago, she took part of the plant with her for transplantation. A little more than a week ago, one flower bloomed on the plant. "Then all of a sudden they all came," Petersen said. "It's beautiful when it's all in full bloom." Julie Hayes, Petersen's daughter, said the cactus lies flat on the ground in the fall. "In the spring it's still flat, and the snow covers it," she said. "And when weeds grow in there, it's no fun getting them out." People who pass by Petersen's house are intrigued by the cactus. "A girl from Texas drove by and saw it," Petersen said. "She said, 'How does that grow here?'"