Teddy Bear Cholla, Teddybear Cactus
|The edible prickly pear and the infamous cholla are two distinct members of this diverse group of desert plants. They represent, respectively, the two halves of this genus -- plants with flat, broad joints, and those with cylindrical ones. Regardless, all Opuntias have many-petaled, showy flowers in yellow, white, orange, purple or red, and edible fruits. Need full sun and excellent drainage. Watch out for tufts of small bristles that dot the leaves.
This tree-like cactus takes its name from its fuzzy look created by dense, red to pink spines with golden sheaths. Flowers in pale-green to yellow or white, striped with lavender. Grows wild in the hottest, driest deserts.
Attributes - Opuntia bigelovii
Plant Type: Succulent
Bloom Season: Late Spring through Early Summer
Flower Color: White, Yellow
Height: 2 ft. to 7 ft. 6 in.
Width: 7 ft. 6 in.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Climate: Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Notes: Thrives in Dry Climates, Hot Climates. Container Plants, Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance, Showy Flowers.
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