Cleistocactus winteri subs. colademono - Monkey Tail Cactus - Statement Plants

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Cleistocactus winteri subs. colademono - Monkey Tail Cactus

An absolutely stunning cactus when established, with long trailing tail-like stems and bright red showy flowers.

Full sun to part shade

Drought tolerant

Well drained gritty soil

Partly frost tolerant (see notes)

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  • The Monkey's Tail Cactus (Cleistocactus winteri subs. colademono) is an attractive epilithic species, that grows hanging from steep rock faces in its native Bolivia.

    Formerly Hildewintera colademononis, this cactus has trailing bright green-yellow stems with long, soft hair-like spines. These spines start off yellowish and turn whiter as the stem grows, resembling a tail. It is the hairy stems that give the plant the name Monkey Tail Cactus. It flowers freely, producing large, bright red blooms in summer.

    Plant in a very well draining mix, such as a commercial cactus mix, or mix a generous amount of grit and/or perlite with some organic compost. It likes a position in full sun, with some protection in the afternoon. Water when almost dry in the warmer months and reduce watering in winter.


    Monkey's Tail, Rat Tail
    Borzicactus colademononis, Cleistocactus colademononis, Hildewintera colademononis, Winterocereus colademononis

    Plant Details

    Habit Upright then trailing
    Growth Cycle Evergreen, perennial
    Height To 15cm before trailing
    Spread Stems can get to 50cm or more
    Foliage Yellow-green becoming silvery-green
    Flowers Bright red, showy
    Flowering Time Summer
    Toxicity Non toxic