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A picture of a Eve’s Needle Cactus

Eve’s Needle Cactus

Austrocylindropuntia subulata

Also known as

Eve’s Pin Cactus, Long Spine Cactus, Chumbera Fina, Long-Spine Cactus

Austrocylindropuntia subulata (14391939986) by liesvanrompaey (CC BY 2.0)

Full Sun
Light watering
Tender

Expected size

Height
Spread

4m

Max

3m

1m

Min

1m

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

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Austrocylindropuntia subulata (14391938376)
A photo of Eve’s Needle Cactus

Overview

Austrocylindropuntia subulata is a tuberous, shrubby cacti with cylindrical stems from South America, They typically do not have papery sheaths associated with their spines and grow with an upright, branching habit. Stem growth occurs without distinct divisions and showy, cup-shaped, red-pink and orange flowers are produced at the stem tips, they rest on spiny floral tubes. These measure around 6cm in length and flowers lead onto thick, rounded, sometimes thorny, edible fruits measuring around 10cm long. This species can grow to over 4m in height and produces clusters of 1-4 white-grey spines measuring around 8cm long.

Special Features

Attractive leaves

Attractive flowers

Drought resistant