Walking Stick Cholla Flower (Cylindropuntia spinosior)
The Walking Stick Cholla, also known as the Cane Cholla, is a fascinating cactus species native to the southwestern United States, including parts of Arizona. Its common name is derived from its long, slender stems resembling walking sticks. This unique cactus produces beautiful flowers that add a touch of vibrancy to its formidable appearance.
The Walking Stick Cholla produces stunning flowers that emerge from the ends of its stems. The flowers are typically bell-shaped and measure about 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 centimeters) in diameter. They come in various colors, including vibrant shades of pink, purple, and sometimes even yellow or orange. The flowers often bloom in clusters, creating an eye-catching display.
The flowers typically bloom in late spring or early summer. The exact timing may vary depending on environmental conditions and rainfall patterns. The flowers open during the day and remain open for several days, attracting pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.