When Stacey bought some hardy cactus from a place in Kansas back in the early 1990′s, I thought she was loony. Now, in 2010, we have all these wonderful varieties and are always looking for more unique ones. Many thanks to Don Campbell and our friends at the Chinle Cactus and Succulent Society.

 

Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa            Buckhorn Cholla

This is a large shrub like cactus with branches that resemble buck antlers. The flower color can vary; ours have a greenish yellow flower.

 

Ht: 6′

Mature Spread: 4-6′

Shape: Upright

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 5

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Cylindropuntia a. x. thornberi          Variegated Flower Cholla

This is a tall shrub like cactus with yellow flowers streaked with reddish blush.  This cholla was given to us by Jeff Brimley of Utah.

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Cylindropuntia a. x. thornberi’             Variegated Cholla

Ht: 6′

Mature Spread: 4-6′

Shape: Upright

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 5

Full Sun

Very Dry

Cylindropuntia davisii                Devil’s Cholla or Thistle Cholla

This is a tall shrub like cacti with long golden spines and greenish yellow flowers. The spines glow in the sun.


Cylindropuntia davisii         Devil’s Cholla

 

Ht: 4-5′ *Native*

Mature Spread: 4-6′

Shape: Upright

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 5

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Cylindropuntia davisii x kleiniae                 Gold Spined Cholla

We think this cholla is a cross between C. davisii and C. kleiniae. This hybrid has slender stems, gold spines, and a more upright habit than the Devil’s Cholla, yet it has the same yellow flowers.

 

Ht: 5-6′

Mature Spread: 4-6′

Shape: Upright

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 5

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Cylindropuntia imbricata                         Tree Cholla

This is a tall shrub like cacti with light green stems in summer then turns purple in winter. The flowers are deep rose violet followed by large yellow fruits.

 
Cylindropuntia imbricata            Tree Cholla

 

Ht: 5-8′                                        *Native*

Mature Spread: 6′

Shape: Upright

Flower Color: Magenta

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Cylindropuntia imbricata ‘White Tower’           White Flowered Tree Cholla

This is a tall shrub like cacti with deep green stems and white flowers in the spring.

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Cylindropuntia imbricata              White Flower Tree Cholla

 

Ht: 5-6′                                          *Native*

Mature Spread: 6′

Flower Color: White

Hardiness: Zone 5

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Cylindropuntia imbricata x whipplei             Pink Flowered Tree Cholla

This is a medium sized shrub like cacti with bright pink flowers. Similar to the tree Cholla but not as tall.

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Cylindropuntia imbricata x whipplei                 Pink Flowering Tree Cholla

 

Ht:4- 5′                                          *Native*

Mature Spread: 4-6′

Shape: Upright

Flower Color: Pink

Hardiness: Zone 5

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Cylindropuntia leptocaulis                   Christmas Cholla

This is a very thick bushy cholla with very slender stems. Small yellow/green flowers give way to small fruits that become bright red like bulbs on a Christmas tree.

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Cylindropuntia leptocaulis      Christmas Cholla

 

Ht: 2-3′

Mature Spread: 4-5′

Shape: Spreading

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 6

Full Sun

Very Dry


Cylindropuntia kleiniae                              Pencil Cholla

This is a slender shrub like cacti with pencil shaped light green stems. The flowers are pink to purple and the fruits are an orange color.


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Cylindropuntia kleiniae            Pencil Cholla

 

Ht: 4-5′                                         *Native*

Mature Spread: 4-5′

Shape: Upright

Flower Color: Pink

Hardiness: Zone 6

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Cylindropuntia spinosior                    Walking Stick Cholla

This is a heavily spined Cholla whose stems resemble a bottle brush. The maroon new growth fades to light green. The flowers are a dark reddish purple.

 

Ht: 5-6′

Mature Spread: 4-6′

Shape: Upright Spreading

Flower Color: Reddish-Purple

Hardiness: Zone 6

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Cylindropuntia viridiflorus                    Santa Fe Cholla

This is a medium sized cholla with pale green stems and greenish yellow flowers in spring.

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Cylindropuntia viridiflorus      Santa Fe Cholla

Ht: 5-6′

Mature Spread: 5-6′

Shape: Upright Spreading

Flower Color: Greenish Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 5

Full Sun

Very Dry


Cylindropuntia whipplei                            Whipple or Plateau Cholla

Medium sized Cholla with bright green stems and gold spines. Blooms bright yellow flowers in spring.

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Cylindropuntia whipplei          Whipple Cholla

 

Ht: 3-4′ *Native*

Mature Spread: 4-5′

Shape: Low Upright

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 5

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Cylindropuntia whipplei                                  Silver Spined Cholla

This is a showy Cholla with striking silver spines that catch the sun light. The combination of Silver Spined Cholla and Devil’s Cholla makes for great year-round interest.

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Cylindropuntia whipplei        Silver Spined Cholla

 

Ht:4-5′ *Native*

Mature Spread: 4-6′

Shape: Upright

Flower Color: Yellow/green

Hardiness: Zone 5

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Echinocereus coccineus                         Strawberry Hedgehog

Almost indistinguishable from the Claret Cup, but a little more compact.

Ht: 4-8″

Mature Spread: 1-2′

Shape: Mounding

Flower Color: Red

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

 

Echinocereus engelmannii                         Engelmann’s Hedgehog

This is a clumping cactus with large red-magenta flowers. Originates in the Mojave Desert and Great Basin regions.

 

Ht: 4-12″

Mature Spread: 1-3′

Shape: Mounding

Flower Color: Red-Magenta

Hardiness: Zone 5

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Echinocereus fendleri                      Fendler’s Hedgehog

This tends to be a more solitary barrel cactus, but does clump. It has large showy purple blossoms.

 

Ht: 4-6″

Mature Spread: 6-12′

Shape: Barrel

Flower Color: Purple

Hardiness: Zone 6

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Echinocereus lloydii                   Lloyd’s Hedgehog

This is a solitary barrel cactus.


Echinocerus lloydii          Lloyd’s Hedgehog

 

Ht: 4-6″

Mature Spread: 6-12″

Shape: Barrel

Flower Color: orange

Hardiness: Zone 6

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Echinocereus triglochidiatus                   Claret Cup

This is the most commonly found species of Hedgehogs. Forms large mounds of barrel shaped stems. In early summer they are covered with bright red flowers. The fruits are red, juicy and edible.


Echinocereus triglochidiatus       Claret Cup

 

Ht: 4-12″                                     *Native*

Mature Spread: 1-3′

Shape: Mounding

Flower Color: Red

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Echinocereus triglochidiatus f. inermis               Spineless Claret Cup

This is a nearly spineless to spineless form of Claret Cup. Native to Western Colorado and Eastern Utah, they vary from having no spines to having many.

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Echinocerus triglochidiatus f. inermis          Spineless Claret Cup

 

Ht: 4-12″                                     *Native*

Mature Spread: 1-3′

Shape: Mounding

Flower Color: Red

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Echinocereus viridiflorus                        Green Pitaya

This cactus has stems 2″ wide by 3″ tall, either single or in clumps. 1″ yellow blossoms in May to June.

 

Echinocerus viridiflorus       Green Pitaya

Ht: 2-3″

Mature Spread: 6-12″

Shape: Small Mounding

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Escobaria viviparia                          Ball Cactus

This cacti has 3″ by 3″ stems will be single or in small clumps. Having many pink 1″ flowers in spring.

 

Ht: 3-4″                                       *Native*

Mature Spread: 4-6″

Shape: Ball/Mounding

Flower Color: Light Pink

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Grusonia clavata f. major            Giant Dagger Cholla

This is a low growing mat forming cacti with large club like pads. The pads have vivid white spines that are extremely wicked.

 

Ht: 4-5″

Mature Spread: 2-3′

Shape: Ground Cover

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 5

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Grusonia clavata                                        Club Cholla

This is a low growing mat forming cacti with club shaped stems. The young spines are various shades of pink, yellow or red. The mature spines are long white and dagger shaped capable of piercing leather boots. 

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Grusonia clavata                  Club Cholla

 

Ht: 4″                                           *Native*

Mature Spread: 2-3′

Shape: Low Ground Cover

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 5

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Maihueniopsis darwinii                      Patagonia Cactus

This small mounding cactus looks very similar to some Opuntia fragilis selections. It has the same tendency for the pads to break off easily. Originating in Patagonia, our stock came from one of our friends in the Chinle Cactus Club.

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Maihueniopsis darwinii            Patagonia cactus

 

Ht: 2-4″

Mature Spread: 1-2′

Shape: Mounding

Flower Color: Orange

Hardiness: Zone 6

Full Sun

Very Dry


Opuntia aurea                             Yellow Creeping Beavertail

This is a mound forming cacti with large beavertail shaped pad and large dark spines. They have yellow flowers in spring.

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Opuntia aurea              Yellow Creeping Beavertail     

 

Ht: 1-2′

Mature Spread: 3-4′

Shape: Mounding

Flower Color: Clear Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 5

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Opuntia aurea ‘Coombe’s Winterglow’                        Coombe’s Winterglow

This is a mound forming cacti with pads resembling beavertail cactus. While they appear spineless, the glochids can be very painful. The purplish new pads along with the vibrant pink flowers make it one of the showiest cacti in bloom. The pads turn a deep purple in winter. We previously had this listed erroneously as a beavertail. Native to Arizona, Southern Utah, and Nevada, it was selected by Art Coombe.

 

Ht: 1-2

Mature Spread: 2-3′

Shape: Mounding

Flower Color: Pink

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun

Very Dry


Opuntia basilaris                Beavertail

This is a mound forming cacti with large up to 12″ beavertail shaped pads. The flowers are a deep rose color. Plant in a protected area. The selection shown is from a more southerly source and is not as hardy as some of the smaller padded ones we grow.

  

Opuntia basilaris               Beavertail

 

Ht: 1-2′                                          *Native*

Mature Spread: 4′

Shape: Mounding

Flower Color: Pink

Hardiness: Zone 6

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Opuntia debreczyi v. denuda      Potato Cactus

This is a low growing ground covering cactus with few spines.  The pads resemble little potatoes.

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Opuntia debreczyi v. denuda       Potato Cactus

Ht: 2-3″                                *Native*

Mature Spread: 2-3′

Shape: Ground Cover

Flower Color: Green

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Opuntia fragilis                          Brittle Prickly Pear

This is a low growing ground covering cacti with small rounded pads that crawl along the ground. Flowers range from greenish yellow to pink, and spines can be almost nonexistent to as long as 2 inches. We have several forms available.

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Opuntia fragilis              Brittle Prickly Pear

 

Ht: 2-3″                                        *Native*

Mature Spread: 2-3′

Shape: Low Ground Cover

Flower Color: Yellow, Pink

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Opuntia fragilis                        Grey Mound Brittle Prickly Pear

This is a low growing cacti with grey pads and yellow or pink flowers.

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Opuntia fragilis                      Grey Mound Prickly Pear

Ht: 2-3″                                        *Native*

Mature Spread: 2-3′

Shape: Low Ground Cover

Flower Color: Yellow, Pink

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Opuntia fragilis                        Tiny Spiny Brittle Prickly Pear

This is a low growing cacti with numerous tiny bright green pads with yellow flowers.

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Opuntia fragilis     Tiny Spiny Brittle Prickly Pear

Ht: 2-3″                                        *Native*

Mature Spread: 2-3′

Shape: Low Ground Cover

Flower Color: Yellow, Pink

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Opuntia humifusa                       Smooth or Eastern Prickly Pear

This is a mound forming cacti with large bright green pads and very few spines. The flowers are bright yellow that blooms a little later than most varieties. They need protected area or a light cover to keep it looking good during winter.


Opuntia humifusa       Smooth Prickly Pear

 

Ht: 8″                                           *Native*

Mature Spread: 3′

Shape: Low mounding

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Dry to Very Dry

 

Opuntia macrocentra                       Purple Prickly Pear

This is a large padded cactus with black spines and blue-green pads that turn purple during winter. The flowers are a nice yellow with a reddish-orange center.

 

Ht: 1-2′

Mature Spread: 4-6′

Shape: Mounding

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 6

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Opuntia phaeacantha                              Purple-Fruited Prickly Pear

This is a mound forming cacti with large light green pads and few spines. The flowers are bright yellow to red, and then followed by red purple juicy fruits.  We have selections in these different colors: Persimmon, Pink, Red, Yellow, and Watermelon.

     

Opuntia phaeacantha       Purple Fruited Prickly Pear

Ht: 1-2′                                         *Native*

Mature Spread: 4-5′

Shape: Mounding

Flower Color: Yellow, pink, red

Hardiness: Zone 5

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Opuntia polyacantha                           Plains Prickly Pear

This is a mound forming ground cover cacti with large spiny pads which turn purple in winter. The flowers are yellow or pink. Fruits are tan, dry.


Opuntia polyacantha          Plains Prickly Pear

 

Ht: 1-2′                                         *Native*

Mature Spread: 4′

Shape: Mounding

Flower Color: Yellow to Pink

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Opuntia polyacantha ‘Crystal Tide’                   White Flowering Prickly Pear

This is a mound forming ground cover cacti with slender white spines. They have very showy, white flowers.

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Opuntia polyacantha          ‘Crystal Tide’

 

Ht: 8-12″                                      *Native*

Mature Spread: 4′

Shape: Low Mounding

Flower Color: White

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Opuntia polyacantha ‘Tequila Sunrise’                Tequila Sunrise Prickly Pear

This is our own selection of the Plains Prickly Pear. Yellow flower buds open into a 2″ yellow flower with an orange center. The second day, the entire flower is orange, as more yellow ones are opening.

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Opuntia polyacantha   Tequila Sunrise

 

Ht: 1-2′                                         *Native*

Mature Spread: 4′

Shape: Mounding

Flower Color: Yellow/Orange

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Opuntia polyacantha v. nicholii                   Navajo Bridge Prickly Pear

This is a heavily spinned mound forming cacti with bright yellow flowers.

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Opuntia polyacantha v. nicholii       Navajo Bridge Prickly Pear                  

Ht: 1-2′

Mature Spread: 2-3′

Shape: Mounding

Flower Color:

Hardiness: Zone 5

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Opuntia polyacantha v. schweriniana                  Starvation Prickly Pear

This is a dense mound forming cacti with circular pads only 1 to 2 inches across. They have beautiful pink flowers.

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Opuntia polyacantha v. schweriniana    Starvation Prickly Pear

 

Ht: 6-12″                                        *Native*

Mature Spread: 1-2′

Shape: Mounding

Flower Color: Pink

Hardiness: Zone 4

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Opuntia polyacantha v. tricophora                    Hair-Spined Prickly Pear

This mounding cactus is covered in long white spines, giving it a grizzled appearance.It has medium sized pads and clear yellow flowers in spring. Our selection comes from southeastern Utah.

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Opuntia polyacantha v. tricophora           Hair-Spined Prickly Pear

 

Ht: 1-2′                                         *Native*

Mature Spread: 2-3′

Shape: Mounding

Flower Color: Yellow

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Opuntia pottsii                                     Pott’s  Prickly Pear

This is a mound forming cacti with semi upright pads and pale red flowers.

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Opuntia pottsii                                     Pott’s  Prickly Pear

 

Ht: 1-2′                                         *Native*

Mature Spread: 2-3′

Shape: Mounding

Flower Color: Red

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Very Dry

 

Pediocactus simpsonii                           Mountain Ball Cactus

This is a small mound forming ball shaped cacti with white star shaped spines. The flowers are pastel shades of white to pink.

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Pediocactus simpsonii           Mt. Ball Cactus

 

Ht: 3-8″                                          *Native*

Mature Spread: 8″

Shape: Barrel

Flower Color: White

Hardiness: Zone 3

Full Sun

Dry to Very Dry