Cleistocactus strausii

Cleistocactus strausii

Cleistocactus strausii, commonly known as silver torch, wooly torch or snow pole, is a perennial cactus endemic to the high mountains of Bolivia and Argentina. It has grey-green, branched and cylindrical columns covered with fine whitish spines and can reach a height of 3 m. Cylindrical narrow flowers are produced scattered along the stems in late summer. The fruit is red and globose with brown seeds.


Common Namesilver torch/ wooly torch
Botanical nameCleistocactus strausii
Life CyclePerennial
Basic Colourred
Height1.8 -> 2m
HabitatDry and semi-arid mountains
Altitude3000 m
Bloom TimeJuly -> August
Plant TypeSucculent, Ornamental, Indoor, Outdoor
Fruit TypeBerry
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Used PartsWhole plant
Plant UsesOrnamental
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USDA Zone8 (-12), 9 (-7), 10 (-1), 11 (+4)
Sun Exposurefull sun
Soil pHNeutral
Soil MoistureDry, fresh
Soil Type Sandy, Peaty, Stony
Propagationby seeds / by sowing,
by division, Self sows
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