PlantsCleistocactus→Golden Rat Tail (Cleistocactus winteri)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Mauve
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Spring
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Wildlife Attractant: Hummingbirds
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Birds
Containers: Suitable for hanging baskets
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Conservation status: Endangered (EN)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Endangered

Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Nov 3, 2020 12:29 AM

Green-stemmed cactus from Bolivia with golden yellow, brownish or whitish spines. Stems may grow upright at first, but then sprawl or trail downward. They typically form clumps, branching at the base. Stems grow to about an inch in diameter and up to 5 feet in length (with advanced age) with 16-17 ribs, ~20 central spines and ~30 radial spines. Flowers are orange-red on the outside, spreading to about 2 inches wide.

This cactus is great as a hanging plant, fast-growing and very easy to propagate from cuttings (stumps will branch afterwards). A single-stemmed plant can be segmented and used to propagate many offspring (preserving the orientation on each so they stay right side up). Rooting occurs within just a few weeks.

The subsp. colademono (sometimes listed under the former name colademononis, from its original description) has many long, thin white spines and bright red or orange-red flowers. The subspecies name is the concatenated Spanish name for the plant (monkey tail) and is not Latinized in Hunt's revision.

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