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Buck-Horn Cholla

Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Cactus, succulent, perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Bees
Has Spines Yes
In relative feet, width by height
4-10 × 4-6
Freeze Tolerant No
Flowering Season March-June
Flower Color Yellow
Minimum Temperature Range 15-20 °F
Leaf Description Spines
Fruit Dry and spiny
In years
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Elevation Range 500-5000 ft.
Ethnobotany Dry woody joints made 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.
Description A large and variable cholla with showy blooms ranging from yellow to maroon in color. This cholla can appear stout and rounded or almost arborescent (tree like) in form. An excellent cactus to encourage cactus wrens and curve billed thrashers to move in to the garden. Be sure to provide plenty of space for buckhorn cholla to grow. Plants often have a lovely purplish tinge to the stems.