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Stag-Horn Cholla

Cylindropuntia versicolor

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Cactus, succulent, perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun
Pollinators Bees
Has Spines Yes
In relative feet, width by height
2 × 2
Flowering Season April-June
Flower Color Yellow
Minimum Temperature Range 15 °F
Leaf Description Spines
Fruit Juicy, mostly unarmed
In years
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Elevation Range 2000-3000 ft.
Description As the specific epithet (versicolor) would suggest, this Cholla cactus has extremely variable blooms. Yellow, red, orange, magenta and other flower colors mean that multiple clones could be blended into a landscape to take advantage of the range of tones available. This plant intergrades with and can look similar to Walking Stick Cholla but tends to be larger and more densely branched.