Thursday, September 21, 2006

Charleston, 1691: Prickly Pear???


Check out the article on newly-discovered letters and maps of Charleston circa 1686 to 1691 found in a library in Aberdeen:
http://charleston.net/assets/webPages/departmental/news/Stories.aspx?section=localnews&tableId=109111&pubDate=9/21/2006

What you can't see in the web story is that one of the drawings of flora enclosed with the letter is CLEARLY prickly pear cactus in bloom.

Cactus in Charleston? Native to Charleston??? That's a new one on me. I thought it thrived in the desert. Okay, I know we have sandy soil, but this is hardly a dry climate now, and I can't believe it was in the seventeenth century either.

1 comment:

ORISTO HILLS said...

um....we have this down on edisto, grows wild. Just sayin'.