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Austrocylindropuntia

Austrocylindropuntia spp.

Austrocylindropuntia subulata (14391938376) by liesvanrompaey (CC BY 2.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Half-hardy

H3

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

4m

Max

1.5m

20cm

Min

50cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Austrocylindropuntia Overview

Austrocylindropuntia is a genus containing around 7 species of tuberous, shrubby cacti with cylindrical stems. These plants reside in the Cactaceae family and originate from South America. Some used to be classified in the genus Opuntia. Species can have rounded leaves and they typically do not have papery sheaths associated with their spines. Stem growth occurs without distinct divisions and showy, colourful flowers are produced at the tips. These may be yellow, red, orange or pink and they rest on spiny floral tubes. They produce thick, rounded fruits which are edible in some species. Two hardy species are popular as cultivated plants, commonly used in landscaping, with another species is planted in close association to form living fences.

Common problems with Austrocylindropuntia

How to propagate Austrocylindropuntia

Division

Stem segments can be separated and rooted. Handle plants with folded newspaper and dispose of it after use.

Special features of Austrocylindropuntia

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves