Buck-horn Cholla

Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa

This cholla is native to the Mojave, Sonoran and Colorado Deserts of North America. Along with Cylindropuntia bigelovii (the “teddy bear” cholla), it is the most common cholla found in these deserts.

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Cactus, Shrub
Longevity 20 (in years)
Description spines
Flower Color Yellow
Fruit Dry and spiny
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Sun Full
Spines or Thornes Yes
Freeze Tolerance Poor
Ethnobotany/Medical Dry woody joints make handicrafts, stem ash was applied to burns or cuts, taken for stomach troubles, the fruits was gathered and eaten fresh or dried, pit roasted, and baked for food.
Water Needs Low, Moderate