Cleistocactus straussii silver torch
Cleistocactus straussii silver torch
Cleistocactus straussii silver torch
Cleistocactus straussii silver torch
Cleistocactus straussii silver torch
Cleistocactus straussii silver torch
Cleistocactus straussii silver torch
Cleistocactus straussii silver torch
Cleistocactus straussii silver torch
Cleistocactus straussii silver torch
Cleistocactus straussii silver torch
Cleistocactus straussii silver torch

Cleistocactus Straussii Silver torch

Native to the mountains of Peru, Uruguay, Argentina, and Bolivia, Cleistocactus Straussii is also known as Wooly Torch or Silver Torch. It is from the Cactaceae family and can grow up between 3 to 10 feet tall. This columnar cactus is winter dormant. 

Growth Rate

The succulent is a slow-growing plant. Pruning, trimming, and watering your Silver Torch Cactus will help it grow faster.


The Silver Torch Cactus produces beautiful, bright-red flowers that bloom in the summer. The flowers are tube-shaped and grow from the sides of the stems.

Watering and Feeding

Cleistocactus Straussii is a drought-tolerant plant but prefers being moderately watered in the growing season. Fertilize using low-nitrogen diluted fertilizer twice a month from early spring to the end of summer. 


Plant your Cleistocactus in soil that provides good drainage, such as a cactus and succulent soil mix, and a container that has draining holes. 


Silver Torch Cactus prefers a warm climate. During its active growth period, it thrives in moderate room temperatures. It has a hardiness zone of 9a to 11b and frost tolerance of -10°C.


The Silver Torch Cactus grows best in full and direct sun. It can tolerate some partial shade, but it will not flower as well in these conditions. Make sure all parts of the succulent are exposed to sunlight. 


This plan can be propagated by cutting a small branch from the mature plant, planting it in a container, and waiting for it to develop its root system. 

Wondering why Cleistocactus Straussii is a popular choice for plant lovers? This is because they often have succulent stems, are commonly covered with thorns, and give delicate flowers.

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Blooming Season Late spring-summer
Common Name Silver torch
Dormancy Winter
Family Cactaceae
Flower Dark pink
Frost Tolerance -28°c
Growth Rate Fast growth
Hardiness Zone 4a to 11b
Height 12 cm
Origin Bolivia
Pot Size 3.5"
Scientific Name Cleistocactus straussii silver torch
Shape -
Sun Exposure Full sun

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