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Cane Cholla
Cylindropuntia californica var. parkeri
  
About Cane Cholla (Cylindropuntia californica var. parkeri) 2 Nurseries Carry This Plant Cane Cholla is one of the most common native species of cholla cactus in California. There are two recognized Varieties: Var. parkeri is found in desert transition chaparral adjacent to the low desert of San Diego County and northern Baja, northward to Santa Barbara County where it grows at elevations from 0-5,200 feet. Chollas tend to hybridize freely, and determinations of species and varieties can be difficult. Var. parkeri is generally distinguished by its erect habit and long, straight segments. The segments are usually 3-5 times longer than wide. The flowers are generally yellow, sometimes with streaks of green or orange. The fruit is dry and inedible.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub, Succulent

Size
Size
5 - 10 ft tall
5 - 10 ft wide

Form
Form
Upright

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Slow

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Fragrance
Fragrance
None

Flower Color
Flower Color
Yellow, Orange, Green

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring, Summer

Wildlife Supported
 
Numerous insects are attracted to the flowers

 
Butterflies & moths hosted ( 5 likely * ) SHOW ALL
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Pseudoschinia elautalis Image
Pseudoschinia elautalisPseudoschinia elautalis
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Dyotopasta yumaella Image
Dyotopasta yumaellaDyotopasta yumaella
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Laetilia dilatifasciella Image
Laetilia dilatifasciellaLaetilia dilatifasciella
*
Dicymolomia opuntialis Image
Dicymolomia opuntialisDicymolomia opuntialis

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Extremely Low, Very Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 1x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast

Soil Description
Soil Description
Sandy or decomposed granite

Common uses
Common uses
Hedges, Deer Resistant, Bird Gardens

Companion Plants
Companion Plants

Propagation
Propagation?
Propagation of chollas is best accomplished by detaching segments and planting them in desired locations. Use caution because the spines are formidable.

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
14, 16, 18, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Sandy areas in desert transition chaparral

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 5.7" - 30.9", Summer Precipitation: 0.19" - 2.95", Coldest Month: 34.3" - 56.2", Hottest Month: 63.2" - 85.0", Humidity: 1.82" - 36.17", Elevation: 40" - 6303"

Alternative Names
Botanical Names: Opuntia parryi
Common Names: Brownspined Pricklypear


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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