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Hiking/Biking, Sedona: 30 reviews and 73 photos

  Cane Cholla
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      Cane Cholla
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  • Desert Prickly Pear - Sedona
      Desert Prickly Pear
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  • Banana Yucca - Sedona
      Banana Yucca
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This is Cane Cholla (Opuntia spinosior) This cacti is a plant you don't want to be upfront and personal with. It is a very common plant in this area. So when you are hiking, climbing or just generally strolling around. Please be careful. It actually looks very soft in texture, but those spines are a good indication it is not. Javilians are a wild pig that love to snack on fruit this plant produces during March, called Cactus Moom. The native people used them in a boiled stew. They are supposely have a butter flavor and boiled with squash and baked in a pit.

Desert Prickly Pear (Cactaceae) A very common Prickly Pear locally, fruits are edible and very sweet, used to make jellies and candy. The fruit's juice can be used as a bright red dye. If you notice bites taken from the pads that is usually the work of Javelina.

Banana Yucca (Yucca baccata) A very common yucca in our area - sharp points at the ends of leaves, leaf edges with curled fibers. Fruits are edible, and the plant was an important food source for indigenous people.%c8

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  • Written Apr 18, 2008
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