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Cleistocactus baumannii

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cleistocactus (Kly-stoh-KAK-tus) (Info)
Species: baumannii

Synonym:Cleistocactus aureispinus
Synonym:Cleistocactus baumannii subsp. baumannii
Synonym:Cereus baumannii

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Cactus and Succulents

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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

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

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

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Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral poeciliopsis On Feb 12, 2015, poeciliopsis from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

Central Phoenix -- Cleistocactus baumannii does well in my yard, but requires frequent pruning to keep it contained. It has long, weak stems and will crawl if allowed to. I allow the stems to grow up through an adjacent blue myrtle cactus, which provides support.


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

Chandler, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)
San Marino, California
Henderson, Nevada

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