A picture of a Golden Rat Tail

Golden Rat Tail

Cleistocactus winteri

Cactus Flower (Cleistocactus winteri) by Jim Kuhn (CC BY 2.0)

Full Sun
Light watering
Tender

H1c

RHS hardiness

5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

Min

Flowering

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A Cleistocactus winteri cactus with orange flowers
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Golden Rat Tail Overview

Cleistocactus winteri is an interesting cactus plant from the Cactaceae family. Commonly known by the name Golden Rat Tail, this references the stem appearance. It tends to branch at the base, forming cylindrical, light green stems measuring around 7.5cm across. These stems can reach over 2m in length, they grow upright initially, developing a hanging habit with time. This plant originates from Bolivia, growing well in full sunlight and well-draining soil. It produces showy red-orange flowers. Termed lithophytic, this means the plant grows without soil on or in rocks.

Common problems with Golden Rat Tail

How to propagate Golden Rat Tail

Cuttings

Seed

Special features of Golden Rat Tail

Attractive flowers