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Diamond Cholla, Pencil Cholla
Scientific Name: Cylindropuntia ramosissima (Engelm.) F.M. Knuth
Synonym: Opuntia tesselata, Opuntia ramosissima
Family: Cactaceae
Diamond Cholla, Pencil Cholla (Cylindropuntia  ramosissima)
Cylindropuntia ramosissima
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 10-13
USDA: 8A-11

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

Heat Tolerance: Good in Phoenix in summer

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: USA (southwestern Colorado, western Arizona, southern Nevada, eastern California), Mexico (northern Sonora, Sierra Pala), at low elevations, 500 to 2000 feet (150-600 m)

Growth Habits: Shrubby cactus, 2 to 5 feet tall and wide (0.6 to 1.5 m); joints with diamond shaped pattern, 9 inches long (22 cm)

Watering Needs: Little water


Diamond Cholla, Pencil Cholla (Cylindropuntia  ramosissima)

Blooming Habits:
Brown, red tinged flowers in late spring and summer. They are followed by a brown fruit.

Fruiting Habits:

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