Cane Cholla, Spiny Cholla
Cylindropuntia spinosior

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cylindropuntia (sil-in-drop-UN-shee-uh) (Info)
Species: spinosior
Synonym:Opuntia spinosior
Synonym:Opuntia whipplei var. spinosior

Category:

Cactus and Succulents

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

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

Danger:

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

Bloom Color:

Pink

Bright Yellow

Purple

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Deciduous

Succulent

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

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

Arivaca, Arizona

Gilbert, Arizona

Mesa, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)

Rio Rico, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Young, Arizona

San Diego, California

Grand Junction, Colorado

Roswell, New Mexico

Clayton, North Carolina

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

New Ellenton, South Carolina

Dripping Springs, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jan 4, 2010, Beaters from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

This plant grows well in metro Phoenix at an elevation of 1000 feet. We grow it now in a south facing alley where it enhances our home security as well as our landscaping appearance.

Positive

On Nov 30, 2006, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

I've seen these growing in the wild on the West Ruby Road Trail in Arizona (South of Tucson), off of Interstate 19 through to Ruby, AZ and on to Arivaca, AZ.
Also seen it near Oracle Junction, AZ