1. They have not bloomed yet or I missed it
2. Their spines are very small at the top and non-existant on the rest of the pad
3. They cannot be weeded for obvious reasons
4. They have a symbiotic relationship with the pine needles that fall on and around them thus making weeding unnecessary
5. They thrive on neglect (and I do that best)
And they are definitely survivors!
I sketched the way some of the pads lay on the ground, get covered up with pine needles and still develop new pads. They are in a small garden near the front porch facing south where you can see the fencing in the background.
Prickly Pear Cactus grow in many non-desert parts of the country.