Cleistocactus Strausii Cacti. Silver Torch Cactus.
The Cleistocactus Strausii Cactus is a very striking columnar variety of cacti which can eventually branch. Characterized by several slender grey-green columns which look silver-grey because of the short whitish spines completely covering them. Each stem has around 25 narrow ribs and each of the small areoles along the ribs carry between 20-30, 2cm thin white spines together with 4 stouter pale yellow-brown ones up to 5cm in length.
Older plants in summer produce deep red-burgundy coloured tubular shaped flowers, up to 6cms which protrude horizontally from the columns.
This plant had gained The Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit. Perfect for Cacti enthusiasts. Very difficult to find for sale at this size in the UK.
These are amazing quality Large Cacti from Specialist Growers. Photos 1-4 show some of the actual Cacti coming into stock from April. Limited availability. Please Note: Heights stated include pot sizes.
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CLEISTOCACTUS STRAUSII CACTI. Silver Torch Cactus
Latin Name: Cleistocactus Strausii.
Common Name: Silver Torch Cactus, Silver Torch, Snow Pole, Woody Torch.
Origin: Regions of S.Bolivia and Argentina above 3000m.
Hardiness: Hardy down to -5 degrees.
Growth Characteristics: Evergreen perennial columnar Cactus. Stems green-grey in colour with around 25 narrow ribs. Densley packed areoles, each with 30 thin white spines, 2cm long and 4 stouter pale yellow/brown ones up to 5cm long. Cylindrical shaped flowers, deep red-burgundy in colour. Easy to grow.
Sun: Full sun.
Soil: Well drained soil. Gritty.
Moisture: Water more in summer and during growing period. Allow to dry between waterings. Keep dry in winter.
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