Cleistocactus winteri



The Cleistocactus winteri is a branching/columnar species. It rather quickly grows long, drooping golden colored stems. Produces vivid orange to salmon-pink flowers. You can expect numerous blooms from spring until frost begins to form (on mature specimens). Very easy to cultivate, making this species a great choice for novice gardeners. Well suited for hanging baskets.


Borzicactus aureispinus (F.Ritter) G.D.Rowley
Cleistocactus aureispinus (F.Ritter) D.R.Hunt
Hildewintera aureispina (F.Ritter) F.Ritter ex G.D.Rowley
Loxanthocereus aureispinus (F.Ritter) Buxb. in Krainz
Winteria aureispina F.Ritter
Winterocereus aureispinus (F.Ritter) Backeb.
Cleistocactus winteri subs. colademononis (Diers & Krahn) D.R.Hunt
Cleistocactus winteri subs. colademononis (Diers & Krahn) D.R.Hunt
Cleistocactus colademononis (Diers & Krahn) Mottram
Hildewintera colademononis Diers & Krahn
Winterocereus colademononis (Diers & Krahn) D.Metzing & R.Kiesling
Hildewintera polonica V.Foik & Foik
Cleistocactus winteri f. cristatus hort.
Cleistocactus winteri f. cristatus hort.
Borzicactus aureispinus f. cristatus hort., P.V.Heath
Hildewintera aureispina f. cristata hort.
Hildewintera aureispina cv. Ringback

Plant Details
Flower : 
Upturned vivid orange to salmon-pink (funnel-shaped/tubular)
Ideal Light Conditions: 
Partial sun to light shade
Ideal Water Conditions: 
Speed of Growth: 
Latin Name: 
Cleistocactus winteri
Common Name: 
Golden Rat Tail

Corporate Clients (The King hangs hard)


RoboCop (1987)
RoboCop 2 (1990)
Hot Pursuit (2015)


USA Network's Queen of the South (2019)

Botanical Gardens:

New York Botanical Gardens
Oklahoma City Zoo/Botanical Gardens
Mercer Arboretum in Houston, Texas
Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan


Houston, TX Zoo
San Antonio, TX Zoo

Other Clientele:

Houston, TX Rodeo

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