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PlantFiles: Crested Golden Rat Tail
Cleistocactus winteri f. cristate 'Crest'

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Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cleistocactus (Kly-stoh-KAK-tus) (Info)
Species: winteri f. cristate
Cultivar: Crest

Synonym:Hildewinteria aureispina f. cristate
Synonym:Cleistocactus aureispinus f. cristate
Synonym:Borzicactus aureispinus
Synonym:Loxanthocereus aureispinus f. cristate
Synonym:Winteria aureispina f. cristate

Category:
Alpines and Rock Gardens
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Pink

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Evergreen

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
By grafting

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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Profile:

1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive miseryschild On Sep 18, 2003, miseryschild from Monterey, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Mine is still a baby, but growing great. A friend got hers the same time I got mine. Watch out for to moist conditions; my friend's rotted at the bottom of the fan. We cut away the affected area, cut off all water until the cuts had dried and calloused. It's doing great now.

It is also called Sulcorebutia frankiana var. aureispina cristata according to a Cactus site I visited yesterday.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona
Monterey, Tennessee
Richmond, Texas



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