General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Leaves: Other: Green leaves present only on emerging growth. They are replaced by spines (modified leaves) on mature growth.
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Green
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Medicinal Herb
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
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
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Goes Dormant

Common names
  • Whipple's Cholla
  • Rattail Cactus
  • Plateau Cholla
  • Clokey Cholla
  • Rattail Cholla
  • Whipple's Cactus
  • Cholla
  • Whipple Cholla
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Cylindropuntia whipplei
  • Synonym: Opuntia whipplei var. whipplei
  • Synonym: Opuntia whipplei

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Location: Botanical Garden of Berlin
Date: 2012-07-23

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