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Walking Stick Cactus

Cylindropuntia spinosior

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
Size
In relative feet, width by height
4 × 3
Freeze Tolerant No
Flowering Season May-June
Flower Color Red
Minimum Temperature Range -10 °F
Leaf Description Spines
Fruit Yellow, juicy
Longevity
In years
20
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Elevation Range 2000-6500 ft.
Ethnobotany Papago pit baked buds, fruits and joints considered a staple food.
Description This is one of the more cold tolerant cholla cacti, and one well suited to gardens in mid elevation localities where grass and oak woodland occur. The form is generally more open and less densely branched than many other Cholla Species. A Walking Stick Cholla has some of the most vibrant blooms of any of the native cacti. Flowers can range from pink to deep magenta in color. The large, persistent yellow fruits are a good aid in identification and add visual interest even when plants are not blooming.