Opuntia bigelovii - Teddy Bear Cholla
File:Teddy-bear cholla 2.jpg Cylindropuntia bigelovii
Common Name Teddybear Cholla, Jumping Cholla
Latin Name Opuntia bigelovii
Family Cactaceae
Sunset zones / USDA zones 10-13 / 8-11
Type / Form Cactus / Medium
Native Habitat Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts below 4,000 feet
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Exposure Full sun
Water None
Height X Width Maximum 8 X 6 feet, usual 4 feet X 4 feet
Protective Mechanism Spines
Leaves Evergreen, light green
Flowers Creamy white, one inch, displayed at the joint tips, February to May. Barrel-shaped, fleshy, yellow-green, 1 inch, with a few spines.
Bark / Roots Obscured by old needles, brown-black and becoming rough. Segmented, each segment blue-green or yellow-green, to 10 inches long and 2 inches in diameter.
Maintenance None
Propagation Cuttings, the fruits often contain no seeds.
Pests and Diseases None
Landscape uses Rock garden, barrier, low maintenance, background, specimen
Garden Suitability Sonoran, Hummingbird, Ethnobotanical
Ornamental Value Green-yellow to white flowers in spring, green or yellow fruit
Nature Value Flowers used by bees, fruits eaten by birds and mammals
Native American Uses Fruits eaten
Links  
    Images and data http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Cactaceae/Opuntia_bigelovii.html
    Images and data http://www.arizonensis.org/sonoran/fieldguide/plantae/opuntia_bigel.html
    Images and data http://www.cnr.vt.edu/DENDRO/DENDROLOGY/Syllabus2/factsheet.cfm?ID=529
    Images and data http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opuntia_bigelovii
    Images and data http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_JM_treatment.pl?Opuntia+bigelovii
    Images and data http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/jumping_cholla.htm
    Images and data http://www.plantoftheweek.org/week373.shtml
    Images and data http://www.delange.org/JumpingCactus/JumpingCactus.htm
    Images and data http://ag.arizona.edu/pima/gardening/aridplants/Opuntia_bigelovii.html
    Images and data http://www.theodorepayne.org/mediawiki/index.php?title=Opuntia_bigelovii
    Images and data http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=5930
    Images and data http://www.desertusa.com/mag99/may/papr/chollas.html
    Images and data http://mojavedesert.net/cactus/teddy-bear-cholla.html
    Images and data http://www.cnplx.info/nplx/species?taxon=Opuntia+bigelovii
    Nursery Oak Hills Nursery, 13874 Ranchero Road, Oak Hills, 92345, 760-947-6261
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