Silver Torch Cactus (Cleistocactus strausii)

Botanical Name: 
Cleistocactus strausii

native to Bolivia and Argentina. Grows in the high mountains. These cacti are slender, erect, with  grey-green columns. The columns are formed from around 25 ribs and are densely covered with areoles, supporting four yellow-brown spines. The cactus prefers free draining soils, strong sunlight, but not high temperatures. Flowers protrude horizontally from the columns.

Plant Characteristics
Plant Category: 
Cacti Succulents
Wooly Torch / Silver Torch
Plant Type: 
Cacti Succulents
2.5" long cylindrical deep red and burgundy flowers
Mature Size: 
10' x 2'
good drainage
strong sunlight
Soil Type: 
Sandy; gritty; well drained
Planting Time: 
Spring / Summer