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Grusonia parishii

Grusonia parishii (Orcutt) Pinkava

Matted Cholla, Devil Cholla

Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Synonym(s): Opuntia emoryi, Opuntia parishii, Opuntia stanlyi var. parishii

USDA Symbol: GRPA11

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Size Notes: Clump-forming, 8 inches.

Bloom Information

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


USA: AZ , CA , NV , TX
Native Distribution: California, Nevada, Arizona, and Texas.
Native Habitat: Sandy flats in Joshua Tree woods, grasslands, desert shrub communities.

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


Record Modified: 2019-08-19
Research By: TWC Staff

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