Cottontop Cactus

Echinocactus polycephalus

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Basic Information

Order

Caryophyllales

Family

Cactaceae

Size

up to 2 ft

Blooming Season

Summer

Bloom Color

Yellow

Cottontop Cactus Habitat

Cottontop Cacti flourish in the Mojave Desert of Arizona, California, and Nevada. It can also be found in the extreme arid environments of the Sonoran Desert.

Cottontop Cactus Facts

Cottontop Cactus (Echinocactus polycephalus) grow mainly solitary, but can be found in clusters of a couple of dozen. It gets its common name "Cottontop" from the densely woolly fruit it produces.

Cottontop Cactus Distribution



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