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Cylindropuntia imbricata var. imbricata


Cylindropuntia imbricata
Height: 5.0 ft. to 8.0 ft.
Spread: 4.0 ft. to 6.0 ft.
Growth Form
Shrub, Succulent/Cacti
Program Association
Nature in the City, Xeriscape Incentive Program
Wildlife Uses
Pollinators/ Invertebrates
Sun Requirements
Full Sun
Water Requirements
Very Low
Plant Community
Foothills, Plains
Season of Bloom
May, June, July
Flower Color
Pink Shades, Purple Shades
No City Data
Design Considerations
Drought Tolerant, Showy Flowers, Winter Interest
Other Considerations
No City Data
Soil Type
Nutrient Poor, Variable
Pests/Disease Prone
Careful! Sharp Spines, Thorns Or Other Appendages.


Flora of North America recognizes two varieties of C. imbricata, both native to the U.S. This variety is native to Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Mexico. Variety argentea is native to Texas. Plant in an area where this plant can spread without coming in contact with people and animals.

Cactus should never be collected in the wild. Only purchase from sustainable and reputable sources that grow cactus and succulents, for vendors please see our “Where to Buy” page.