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Cylindropuntia ramosissima is commonly known as "Pencil Cholla, Pencil Cactus, Darning Needle Cactus, or Diamond Pencil" because of it's thin, deep green pencil thickness sized joints and diamond markings on each segment.
Pencil cholla can obtain a height of 4 to 6 feet, and can spread to 6-8 feet when mature. As it matures, it develops a "trunk" so it resembles more of a cactus "tree" than a ground hugging species.
When mature, it bears yellowish-green flowers.
A Mojave desert native, Pencil cholla is drought tolerant. It grows naturally at elevations of 100 to 5,000 feet.
Pencil cholla is offered in 3 segments (joints).
The segment cuttings offered are ATTACHED, not separate single cuttings. This cacti needs a hot sunny location, and requires excellent drainage. Withstands temperatures to 10 degrees, sometimes lower.