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Coastal Cholla
Cylindropuntia prolifera
  
About Coastal Cholla (Cylindropuntia prolifera) 13 Nurseries Carry This Plant Coastal Cholla is a native shrub in the cactus family that grows in Southern California, primarily in the South Coast and Channel Islands regions. It tends to grow in ocean bluffs, at elevations from 0-1000 feet. Has magenta flowers that bloom in the spring.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub, Succulent

Size
Size
10 ft tall
1 - 5 ft wide

Form
Form
Upright

Flower Color
Flower Color
Purple, Red

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring, Summer

Wildlife Supported
 


 
Butterflies & moths hosted ( 6 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
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Dicymolomia opuntialis Image
Dicymolomia opuntialisDicymolomia opuntialis

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Part Shade, Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Extremely Low, Very Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 1x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Very Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 15° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast

Soil Description
Soil Description
Prefers sand or sandstone. Soil PH: 6.1 - 7.8

Common uses
Common uses
Hedges, Bird Gardens

Companion Plants
Companion Plants
Other dry-loving plants of Southern California such as Coyote Bush (Baccharis pilularis), Purple Three Awn (Aristida purpurea) or Coulter's Matilija Poppy (Romneya coulteri)

Propagation
Propagation?
From stem cuttings or from seed (although seeds from fruits may be sterile).

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

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Ocean bluffs, inland

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 8.1" - 17.9", Summer Precipitation: 0.14" - 0.41", Coldest Month: 49.5" - 57.1", Hottest Month: 62.5" - 80.3", Humidity: 1.44" - 27.33", Elevation: 3" - 1538"

Alternative Names
Botanical Names: Opuntia prolifera
Common Names: Cholla Prolifera


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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