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Darning-Needle Cholla, Branched Pencil Cholla

Cylindropuntia ramosissima

Details & Attributes


Plant Type(s) Cactus, succulent, perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun
Pollinators Bees
Has Spines Yes
Size
In relative feet, width by height
3-5 × 1
Freeze Tolerant No
Flowering Season April-August
Flower Color Yellow
Minimum Temperature Range 10 °F
Leaf Description Spines
Fruit Greenish and spiny
Longevity
In years
20
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Description This thin cholla cactus develops numerous branches forming an intricate pattern. Long spines range in color from silver to golden and give this plant an unusual profile. A species of the low, hot deserts of Southwestern Arizona, darning-needle cholla can handle extreme heat, drought, and exposure. One of the standout chollas for a cactus collection, flowers can range from yellow, to pink, to red,