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Golden Rat Tail

Cleistocactus Winteri


Columnar cactus forming masses of columns, up to 3 feet tall, stems 2.5 inches in diameter, 16 to 17 ribs; spines 50, 0.16 to 0.4 inch long. The Cleistocactus winteri has salmon-pink flowers in spring and summer, 1.6 to 2.4 inches in length, 2 inches in diameter. Mature plants bloom repetitively. The flowers are followed by green fruit, 0.4 inches long


Recommended Temperature Zone: USDA: 9b-11 Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 28°F (-2°C) Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50°F (10°C) Heat Tolerance: Light shade in summer Sun Exposure: Light shade to full sun Origin: Argentina to Uruguay


The Golden Rat Tail cactus is often encountered under a variety of botanical names. It has very attractive golden spines and grow rapidly. If it likes its growing conditions you will also be rewarded by the pink flowers that come in abundance.

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Manteca, California, USA

Spotted on Apr 25, 2014
Submitted on Apr 25, 2014

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