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6" Cleistocactus Winteri (Golden Rat Tail)


Cleistocactus 'Rat Tail' is a pretty inelegant name for a pretty fun plant. Sturdy, long fingers poke out of their pot, climbing, flopping, overtopping their neighbors, reaching a possible length of 5'! Each column is about the width of a really fat finger, and comes in nice, green stems blanketed with short, golden spines. Look real close and see those spines come from perfectly even-spaced brown dots with little, pale golden star clusters, each starburst touching its neighbor, holding hands. When it so desires, Rat Tail will bust out in wonderful, frilly flowers in brilliant scarlet to salmon hues, all up and down the stems, wherever. Bright light, even full sunshine will make him happy. Quietly resting in winter, you can water much less until it busts out growing fast in spring again. Red/green fruits may surprise you, whenever.

  • Drought Tolerant
  • Low Maintenance 

Quick Care Guide:

    • Water - Low (1):  Needs very little water to survive. Wait until the plant is completely dry then fully soak. Drought tolerant by nature.
    • High - (5):  Plant needs a lot of light; direct is even better. These plants do best when placed on a window sill or next to a bright window. Avoid concentrated, hot light from window which may cause burning (magnifying glass effect).        
    • Difficulty - Low (1):  These plants need barely any attention to thrive. Set it and forget it.

     View full breakdown of Care Guide here.