Chain Fruit Cholla

Cylindropuntia fulgida

Also known as Opuntia fulgida and commonly as Hanging Chain Cholla and Jumping Cholla, this cactus has pink to magenta flowers with persistent fleshy fruits, that keep producing more flowers, resulting in “chains” of fruits. Stems can easily detach if brushed, leading to the common name Jumping Cholla.

Flowers: J F M A M J J A S O N D
Status: Native
Origin: Sonoran Desert into the northeast section of the Mojave Desert and the southern section of the Great Basin Desert.
Family: Cactaceae
Size: 12′ high and wide
Sun: Full
Watering: None once established
Growth Rate: Moderate
Soil: Tolerant
Temperature: Tolerant
Disease and Pests: Root rot in wet soils
Uses: Fruits are eaten by herbivore mammals, nectar source for wildlife


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