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Cylindropuntia Species, Buckhorn Cholla

Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cylindropuntia (sil-in-drop-UN-shee-uh) (Info)
Species: acanthocarpa (a-kan-tho-KAR-puh) (Info)
Synonym:Opuntia acanthocarpa

Category:

Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Foliage:

Deciduous

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Danger:

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

Bloom Color:

Fuchsia (red-purple)

Red

Bright Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Other details:

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:

Apache Junction, Arizona

Black Canyon City, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Apr 28, 2012, Peterthecactusguy from Black Canyon City, AZ wrote:

this cholla is common in most of Central Arizona. there are two types. C. acanthacarpa, and C. acanthacarpa var thornberi that grow in Black Canyon City. Basically C. acanthacarpa is spiny with long spines and dense spination and var thornberi has much shorter and less dense spination. The name acanthacarpa means spiny seeds in Latin and is describing the seed pods.

Neutral

On Nov 12, 2004, Xenomorf from Phoenix, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

There's about 6 or 7 types/varieties of C. acanthocarpa.
The first 5 images of mine are one type with the more yellow areoles and shorter tubercles.
The Next three images of the older larger clump has longer tubercles and lighter yellow areoles. Spinage is about the same.

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