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Cleistocactus straussii - Silver Torch Cactus

Cleistocactus straussii - Silver Torch Cactus

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The Silver Torch Cactus, also known as the Cleistocactus straussi or a "snow pole", is a smaller multi-column cactus growing to be 6 to 8 feet tall and is native to dry deserts and foothills of Bolivia and Argentina. The stems are ribbed and covered with dense white or silver-colored spines, giving the cactus a distinctive and woolly appearance. Reddish pink tubular flowers emerge in late Spring to early Summer.

Currently, we have one Silver Torch Cactus in stock with 2 stalks, and a small volunteer cactus of another species. Growing in a 6" Grower's pot, it is currently 16" tall on one stalk and 12" on the other. We will ship to 48 continental United States. 

Cold Tolerance:

Cleistocactus strausii is adapted to high-altitude environments and is more tolerant of cooler temperatures than some other cactus species. It can tolerate temperatures down to freezing, but protection from prolonged exposure to frost is advisable. In colder climates, it is often grown in containers that can be moved indoors during winter.

Ornamental Uses:

Container Gardening: The silver torch cactus is well-suited for container gardening, allowing for flexibility in placement on patios, decks, or balconies.

Xeriscaping: The Silver Torch Cactus is suitable for xeriscaping and drought-tolerant landscapes, as it is adapted to arid conditions.

Rock Gardens: Its columnar form and distinctive spines make it a suitable addition to rock gardens or succulent gardens.

Architectural Interest: The woolly appearance and tall stems of Cleistocactus strausii add architectural interest to gardens and landscapes.

The Silver Torch cactus is appreciated for its unique appearance, ease of cultivation, and suitability for arid and succulent gardens.

Care information

Bright light, water 2x monthly in summer, less in winter. Use well draining Wildehaus cactus and succulent soil.


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