Desert Christmas Cholla


Scientific Name: Cylindropuntia leptocaulis
Common Name: Desert Christmas Cholla
Family: Cactaceae Cactus Family
Duration: Perennial
Size: 2-5 ft
Growth Form: upright, shrub-like plant with many branches made up of slender, cylindrical joints
Flower Color: Pale yellow to green, fruits are bright red
Flowering Season: March thru August, fruits remain into late winter.
Threatened/Endangered Information: Salvage restricted status in Arizona.

Comments: Special value to native bees. This plant is often found with a nurse plant.