Teddy Bear Cholla, Cholla Guera, Golden-Spined Jumping Cholla

Cylindropuntia bigelovii

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cylindropuntia (sil-in-drop-UN-shee-uh) (Info)
Species: bigelovii (big-eh-LOV-ee-eye) (Info)
Synonym:Cylindropuntia bigelovii var. bigelovii
Synonym:Cylindropuntia ciribe
Synonym:Opuntia bigelovii
Synonym:Opuntia ciribe


Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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)

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


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

Bloom Color:


Bright Yellow


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:


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


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

Ajo, Arizona

Green Valley, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Salome, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Wellton, Arizona

Hayward, California

Lucerne Valley, California

San Diego, California

Twentynine Palms Base, California

Simpsonville, South Carolina

Cabin Creek, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 18, 2010, smurfwv from Cabin Creek, WV (Zone 6a) wrote:

I think this is the cutest cactus, but wish the local stores/nurseries offered it for sale. I was able to find someone who had it in their yard who sent me 3 pieces. The cactus is really nice, however the stickers are barbed at the tip and hurt pulling out. ABSOLUTELY wear gloves when handling this one, you'll regret it later.


On Oct 5, 2009, DMersh from Perth,
United Kingdom (Zone 7b) wrote:

Difficult to grow to the sort of appearance seen in the wild, it has an extremely high light requirement, in order to produce that sort of spination. Growers in more temperate regions will probably find it grows as a much shorter spined plant that bears only a vague resemblance to the densely spined wild plants.


On Nov 21, 2006, Xenomorf from Phoenix, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

I've seen this growing in the wild surrounding Phoenix, and on the 'El Camino Del Diablo Trail' (Devils' Highway) that runs between Ajo and Wellton, Arizona in the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge.
Also 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.


On Nov 9, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Densely spined, sometimes exceeding 8 per areole. Flower is 1 1/2" in diameter and varies in color. Grows in CA, AZ and other desert to rocky areas.