Thursday, July 26, 2012

Club Cholla

Club Cholla (Opuntia invicta) can be found growing on well-drained sandy or gravel type soils. It is common on the mesas surrounding the Rio Grande Valley of Central New Mexico. It grows 6” – 8” tall.

It can form colonies several feet wide in its natural habitat.

On the mesas of the Central Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico it is found growing in association with Yucca, Sand Sage, and Clump Grass.

Club Cholla has formidable thick white spines over its surface so is well protected against consumption by wildlife.

Club Cholla produces beautiful yellow flowers in late spring.

Plant Club Cholla in your xeric landscape, along borders, under desert willows, and other hot, dry locations where little else seems to grow.

Club Cholla is a groundcover type cacti best grown on well-drained soils in full sun with low water. Club Cholla is hardy to at least -20 degrees.

To view a short slide show of Club Cholla on the Mesa click on the following link:

Contact Trees That Please Nursery for more information and pricing.

Photos & Narrative By:
Stephen Sain
Staff Plant Physiologist

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