Cylindropuntia bigelovii (Engelm.) F.M. Knuth
Cactaceae (Cactus Family)
Synonym(s): Opuntia bigelovii
USDA Symbol: CYBI9
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: Up to 3 feet high.
Flower: Flowers 1 1/2 inch long and across.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Yellow , Green
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , Jun , Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: Diurnal. Pale yellow to light green to whitish, sometimes tipped red.
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , NV
Native Distribution: Southeastern California to western Arizona; south to northwestern Mexico, Baja California.
Native Habitat: Hot, dry rocky slopes in deserts.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Heat Tolerant: yes
Conditions Comments: Minimum temperature 50F
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
BibliographyBibref 1140 - Cacti (1991) Clive Innes and Charles Glass
Bibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Cylindropuntia bigelovii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Cylindropuntia bigelovii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Cylindropuntia bigelovii
MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-02-20
Research By: TWC Staff