Opuntia imbricata (Haw.) DC.

Cactaceae (Cactus family)


Cholla is a large, upright cactus reaching a height of 10 to 13 feet. This plant is often called "walking stick cholla." It is very spiny with barbed white to green spines, about  to 1¼ inches long.

The flowers are yellow to pink, 1› to 2 inches long and located on the ends of the stems. The fruit is yellow, dry and produces seeds a little over 1/10 inch long.

Cholla is distributed from Texas northward to Oklahoma and Kansas and westward to New Mexico.

The fruit provides fair forage for wildlife but is rarely consumed by grazing livestock.


Cholla occurs on clay and clay loam soils or foothills in West Texas, especially in the High Plains and Trans-Pecos regions.