Coastal Cholla

Plant Sizing Guide

The Coastal Cholla is a distinctive and hardy succulent native to coastal areas of California and Baja California. This upright and branching cactus is characterized by its cylindrical stems, covered in clusters of formidable spines, giving it a rugged and textured appearance. The stems vary in color, ranging from green to grayish tones. Coastal Cholla adapts well to coastal conditions and is often found in sandy, well-draining soils. Its ability to withstand salt spray and coastal winds makes it a resilient choice for gardens in maritime environments. During spring, the plant may produce small, colorful flowers, adding a touch of vibrancy to its spiny silhouette. Known for its drought tolerance and minimal care requirements, the Coastal Cholla is a captivating addition to arid and coastal landscapes, providing both visual interest and a sense of adaptability to challenging growing conditions.

Botanical Name  

Opuntia prolifera

Also Known As  

 Cylindropuntia prolifera


Plant Type  
Native From  
USDA Zone  

Light Needs  
Watering Needs  
Life Cycle  
Avg. Mature Size  
Growth Rate  
Bloom Time  
Flower Color  

9 - 11
Full Sun
3' Tall and 3' Wide
Yellow-green, often tinted with purple - summer


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