The Main Plant entry for Chollas (Cylindropuntia)

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Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Showy
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Provides winter interest
Will Naturalize
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Other info: Fruit can take root and form a new plant without having to use its seeds; needs neutral soil pH
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Other: Easy to root from stem segments
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots


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Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 22, 2013 9:14 PM

"Cylindropuntia is a genus of cacti (family Cactaceae), containing the cholla. They were formerly treated as a subgenus of Opuntia but have now been separated based on their cylindrical stems ('Opuntia' have flattened stems) and the presence of papery epidermal sheaths on the spines ('Opuntia' have no sheaths). A few species of mat or clump forming opuntioid cacti are currently placed in the genus Grusonia.

There are about 35 species of Cylindropuntia native to the southwest and south central United States, Mexico and the West Indies, The Flora of North America recognizes 22 species. Some species have been introduced to South America (Chile, Ecuador, Peru) and South Africa."

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