Cholla

LATIN NAME
Opuntia imbricata

LONGEVITY
Perennial

SEASON
Warm

ORIGIN
Native

DETAILS
• Common names include, “Walking-stick cholla” and “Tree cholla.”
• Grows from 3-9 feet tall; sometimes forms dense thickets.
• Flowers May to June; purple petals.
• The stems and fruit are known to be eaten by man and animal. The stems with tissue removed form a hollow cylinder with a frame-work of holes and meshes.
• The woody skeletons of this sort are made into odd-looking walking canes.
• Fruit is used for dye.
• Adapted to clay loam, sandy, and gravelly sites of plains and prairies.

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