Klein's Pencil Cactus
Cylindropuntia kleiniae

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cylindropuntia (sil-in-drop-UN-shee-uh) (Info)
Species: kleiniae (KLINE-ee-ay) (Info)
Synonym:Opuntia kleiniae
Synonym:Opuntia wrightii
Synonym:Opuntia recondita

Category:

Alpines and Rock Gardens

Perennials

Cactus and Succulents

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

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

Danger:

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

Bloom Color:

Green

Violet/Lavender

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Succulent

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Regional

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

,

Miami, Florida

Newberry, Florida

Silver Spring, Maryland

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

Broaddus, Texas

Kermit, Texas

show all

Gardeners' Notes:

1
positive
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On Feb 19, 2005, mrsmoose from Dataw Island, SC (Zone 8b) wrote:

I am growing mine as a house plant in Central Florida. It grows rapidly. After trimming, the stems come back 4-5x the previous circumference. I wonder how I can prevent this.

Positive

On Jan 23, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

A cactus for the north!