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Cylindropuntia whipplei

Cylindropuntia whipplei (Engelm. & J.M. Bigelow) F.M. Knuth

Whipple Cholla

Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Synonym(s): Opuntia whipplei


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

12-24" tall. Low-growing shrub; occasionally mat-forming.

The Whipple Cholla is a low cactus that forms dense, spiny thickets, making it a pest to domestic livestock grazing on rangelands. In spring this rather ragged-looking cactus is briefly showy, as its bright yellow to green flowers are displayed. The Whipple Cholla is a hardy cold-desert dweller that grows at elevations of 3,500-8,000 feet.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Cactus/Succulent

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul


USA: AZ , CO , NM , NV , UT
Native Distribution: Southern tip of Nevada, southeastern and southwestern Utah, southwestern Colordao, northern Arizona, and northwestern New Mexico. Great Basin and Mojave Deserts.
Native Habitat: Hillsides, flats, and plains in desert grasslands and pinyon-juniper woodlands.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Heat Tolerant: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Cylindropuntia whipplei in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Cylindropuntia whipplei in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Cylindropuntia whipplei


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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