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Cylindropuntia imbricata ''extra hardy''

Stick Cholla

Plant Type:


Cylindropuntia imbricata (ex: Bob Bonneville) – We've had this especially hardy form of Stick Cholla, Cane Cholla or Tree Cholla in our full sun stone garden since 2000. Only in the harshest winters do any of its spiring stems suffer. But when temperatures warm it recovers beautifully, Many winters do not touch it and it enters the new season looking as good as it did at the end of the previous. We've tried other forms and all have melted to thorny mush, even during gentler winters. We do not know where Bob acquired this plant but its hardiness is noteworthy. Certainly it is from a more northern population and / or a population from a high elevation. Stick Cholla is great contrast to Opuntia fragilis and the many larger Beaver Tail Cacti. It's spectacular among boulder and yuccas. Were it that we could grow Agaves with our Cylindropuntia imbricata; but alas, we're just a bit too wet coupled with the freezes and thaws of late winter for the Agaves - but that's another tale. Pink-purple flowers are scant in late spring into early summer but that's not why we grow it; rather it's for architectural dark green silver-spined steeples en masse. Full, blazing sun and, of course, a quick draining planting condition. Established potted Stick Cholla from cutting.


36-48 in


24-36 in


Purple Red


(5a)5b to 9(10?)
What is my hardiness zone?
Item Description Price  
CYLINDRIM Cylindropuntia imbricata "extra hardy" (3.5 inch Square – 1.05 pints / 497 ml.) $12.00 Sold Out

Characteristics and Attributes for Cylindropuntia imbricata ''extra hardy''

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Four Seasons

Interesting Bark

  • Architectural
  • Thorny

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant


  • Full Sun


  • Border
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Evergreen
  • Foundation
  • Massing
  • Rock Garden
  • Specimen
  • Accent

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium


  • Scrabbled
  • Average
  • Calcareous
  • Draining
  • Impoverished


  • Southwestern U.S.

Propagated By

  • Cutting