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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
Size
In relative feet, width by height
2 × 2
Freeze Tolerant No
Flowering Season April-June
Flower Color Yellow
Minimum Temperature Range 15 °F
Leaf Description Spines
Fruit Juicy, mostly unarmed
Longevity
In years
20
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Elevation Range 2000-3000 ft.
Ethnobotany Pit baked buds, fruit, and joints were considered a staple food, young shoots and buds eaten as greens, mature fruits eaten raw.
Description As the specific epithet 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.