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Opuntia parishii

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Species Name: Opuntia parishii
Common Name: Mat Cholla, Club Cholla

A low growing, clumping cholla with numerous long spines. Makes an interesting drought-tolerant groundcover for a desert garden. Flowers are lemon yellow with green centers.

Plant Family: Cactaceae
Plant Type: Cactus
Height by Width: 4 in. H x spreading
Growth Habit: Clumping
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant
Cold Hardy to: 3600'
Flower Season: May to June
Flower Color: Yellow
Endangered?:
Distribution: Eastern and southern Mojave desert
Natural Habitat: Sandy flats. Elevation: 2700-3600'

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