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Teddy Bear Cholla

Teddy Bear Cholla

Regular price $29.70 USD
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Plant Type: Cacti
Plant Height: 3-5 feet
Spread: 2-4 feet
Flower Color: greenish-yellow or pale gold
Sun Exposure: Full Sun


The Teddy Bear Cholla, scientifically known as Cylindropuntia bigelovii, is a visually striking cactus native to the deserts of the Southwestern United States and Northwestern Mexico. Despite its cuddly name, the Teddy Bear Cholla is notorious for its dense covering of spines that can be quite painful if touched.

Growing to about 3 to 5 feet tall, and sometimes as high as 9 feet, the Teddy Bear Cholla forms a distinctive silhouette with its densely branched, cylindrical segments. The cactus is covered in a thick layer of spines, which are a whitish-gold color, giving the plant a fuzzy, teddy bear-like appearance from a distance. However, these spines are sharp and readily detach upon contact, earning the plant another nickname, the "Jumping Cholla."

In late spring to early summer, the Teddy Bear Cholla blooms with greenish-yellow or pale gold flowers, adding a subtle touch of color to the desert landscape. These are followed by dry, spiny fruits that persist on the plant.

Adapted to arid environments, the Teddy Bear Cholla thrives in full sun and requires well-draining soil. It is highly drought-tolerant and can survive with minimal watering. This makes it an excellent choice for xeriscaping and desert landscaping.

Despite its hazardous spines, the Teddy Bear Cholla is an ecologically important plant in desert ecosystems, providing habitat and food for various wildlife species. It's also a visually fascinating plant for desert gardens, creating a dramatic and sculptural effect.

Overall, the Teddy Bear Cholla is a unique and intriguing cactus, perfect for those looking to add a touch of desert allure to their landscape. However, it's best planted in areas where its spines won't pose a risk to people or pets. Its distinctive appearance and ecological value make it a standout addition to any arid garden setting.

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