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Staghorn Cholla
Scientific Name: Cylindropuntia versicolor (Engelm. ex J.M. Coult.) F.M. Knuth
Synonym: Opuntia versicolor
Family: Cactaceae
Staghorn Cholla (Cylindropuntia versicolor)
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Cylindropuntia versicolor at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum
Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

Heat Tolerance: Excellent

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: USA (Arizona, common in eastern Pima county)

Growth Habits: Erect shrub, 8 feet tall (2.4 m) or more

Watering Needs: Little water

Propagation: cuttings

Blooming Habits:
The variably colored flowers (generally yellow) are followed by fleshy fruits, near spineless, that stay on the bush for up to a year. The related buckhorn cholla has spiny dry fruits that fall rapidly.

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