Teddy Bear Cholla



Opuntia bigelovii







Form: Cactus

Seasonality: Evergreen
Size: to 6ft, spread up to 2/3 height; slow growth
Leaves: Very loosely adhered joints 2-4in long with plentiful sharp spines; gold or straw colored; from a distance the spines have the illusion of a soft or fuzzy appearance
Flowers: On joint terminals; greenish white, inconspicuous; bloom from February-May
Fruit: Green wrinkled barrel-shaped, 2-4in long
Stems/Trunks: Usually single trunk; trunk straight and dark; attractive gold color overall
Range/Origin: Sonora desert
Hardiness: Sunset Zones; 10-24

Comments: Low litter, large number of medium thorns, remove thorny branches from skin and clothing with a hair comb



  • Exposure: Full sun, reflected heat
  • Water: Low
  • Soil: Sandy, well drained
  • Propagation: Voluntary joint drop, joint cuttings
  • Maintenance: Minimal; clean up fallen joints


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