Crested Chain Fruit Cholla
Cylindropuntia fulgida var. mammillata 'Cristate'

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cylindropuntia (sil-in-drop-UN-shee-uh) (Info)
Species: fulgida var. mammillata
Cultivar: Cristate
Synonym:Cylindropuntia fulgida var. mammillata f. cristate

Category:

Cactus and Succulents

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Deciduous

Succulent

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Black Canyon City, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Carlsbad, California

Kermit, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Sep 15, 2012, Peterthecactusguy from Black Canyon City, AZ wrote:

I have one of these that I got as a cutting off of another one. Actually more accurately I got one from a segment that fell off of the mother plant. Mine has small crests and is also possibly monstrose as well. I don't really know where these came from, but in Black Canyon City they are all over the place, all about the same age, all gotten in the 1960s if I had to guess from their size, they are older plants.

I know that cacti aren't everyone's cup of tea but this plant lacks glochids and has smaller shorter spines so it's much easier to handle, I have picked up some of the segments with my bare hands before. That being said it's a wonderful cactus and it grows well in my yard in full sun year round. Has anyone else that had this plant ever seen one bloom? in the 12 years I... read more