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Opuntia bigelovii

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Opuntia bigelovii
Opuntia bigelovii

Species Name: Opuntia bigelovii
Common Name: Teddy Bear Cholla, Jumping Cholla

This 3 to 7 foot tall cactus has dense sharp spines, making it appear fuzzy. Blooms from February to May with beautiful greenish-yellow flowers. Recommended for barrier planting or in container garden.

Plant Family: Cactaceae
Plant Type: Cactus
Height by Width: 3-7' H x 4' W
Growth Habit: Upright, multi-branching
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Slow
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to infrequent
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Yellow
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Sonoran Desert, Mojave Desert
Natural Habitat: Rocky fans, benches with creosote bush below 3300'

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