This cactus is indigenous to the Sonoran, Chihuahuan and Mojave deserts from sea level to 6,000 feet. The blue-gray pads are dotted with clusters of brown glochids (tiny spines). Large hot pink flowers are produced in clusters on top of the pads. Flowering occurs between March and June. Dry, green pear-like fruits follow the flowers. Plant in full sun and well-drained soils.