• Cylindropuntia spinosior
  • Cylindropuntia spinosior
  • Cylindropuntia spinosior
  • Cylindropuntia spinosior
    Cylindropuntia spinosior

Cylindropuntia spinosior

Cane Cholla, Tree Cholla, Walking Stick Cholla, Chainlink Cactus
Size: ex 9cm pot

Availability: In stock

£9.99

Quick Overview

  • Hardy cholla cactus
  • Tolerates frosts
  • Full sun
  • Very good drainage
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Description

Cylindropuntia spinosior, Cane Cholla, is endemic to the south-west of the USA and Northern Mexico and is found in Arizona, New Mexico and over the border into Sonora and Chihuahua. It grows at elevations up to 2000M asl and will take moderate frosts and periods of sub-zero temperatures providing it has excellent drainage. As it develops its woody stems it can take sudden sharp frosts but may lose some softer new growth. It prefers an alkaline substrate and is best grown in a free-draining sandy, griitty, gravelly mix to which has been added limestone chunks.

Cylindropuntia spinosior is a very multi-branched cholla and when young can appear quite congested with many branches. This tends to make it less architectural in its early life than some of the larger Cylindropuntias but as the main stems begin to become apparent and start to grow tall and woody, it too develops into a sizeable plant and in its native range will often become a large shrub exceeding 2m in height and often as much across. Its spines tend to be less problematic than many other Cylindopuntias and usually lack the savage barbed tips that are found in, for example, Cylindropuntia imbricata.

Its flowers - like many Opuntiads - can be variable but are usually light purple although sometimes more reddish, rose or peach coloured. Yellow flowers have also been known.

Cylindropuntia spinosior is an easy cactus to grow, starting life as a fairly small houseplant and, with care and judicious shaping, becoming a highly ornamental and sculptural specimen.

Additional Information

Order Caryophyllales
Family Cactaceae
Sub-Family Opuntioideae
Synonyms Grusonia spinosior, Opuntia spinosior, Opuntia spinosior var. neomexicana, Opuntia whipplei var. spinosior
Geographical Origin USA: Arizona, New Mexico; Mexico: Sonora, Chihuahua
Cultivation Full sun. Sheltered spot. Free-draining gritty/sandy soil with very little organic material. Alakaline pH. Planting on a gradient is a useful way of increasing the drainage during the wet UK winters
Eventual Height 2M
Eventual Spread 1.5m
Hardiness Hardy in warmer locations but must have superb drainage in the UK. A thick mulch of grit and stone in winter. Houseplant when small

Cylindropuntia spinosior

Cane Cholla, Tree Cholla, Walking Stick Cholla, Chainlink Cactus
Size: ex 9cm pot

Availability: In stock

£9.99
You could receive 20 Palm Points for writing a review and/or rating this product.

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