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Common names:
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Botanical names:
Cylindropuntia imbricata Accepted
Opuntia imbricata Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Lavender
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Provides winter interest
Will Naturalize
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
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
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern

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Posted by KFredenburg (Black Hills, SD - Zone 5a) on Nov 12, 2020 8:37 PM

Range: southern Colorado and Kansas to Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and northern Mexico. Additional info: this is the first bush-like or tree-like Cholla (pronounced choy'-yah) encountered when traveling from the east to the southwest.

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