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Flaigg, Norman G.
Cylindropuntia bigelovii (Engelm.) F.M. Knuth
Synonyms: Opuntia bigelowii
USDA Symbol: CYBI9
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A miniature tree, the upper half with short, stubby branches densely covered with pale golden spines. Flowers green or yellow, the petals often streaked with lavender.
Though the branches resemble the arms and legs of a fuzzy teddy bear, this plant is far from cuddly. With its painfully clinging spines, it is one of the most formidable and respected Cacti of the Southwest.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Cactus/Succulent Size Notes:
Up to 3 feet high. Flower:
Flowers 1 1/2 inch long and across
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , Jun , Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: Diurnal
AZ , CA , NV Native Distribution:
Southeastern California to western Arizona; south to northwestern Mexico, Baja California. Native Habitat:
Hot, dry rocky slopes in deserts. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Heat Tolerant: yes
Conditions Comments: Minimum temperature 50F
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CA
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Record Modified: 2009-02-20
Research By: TWC Staff