Cleistocactus winteri Cristata Golden Rat Tail

Cleistocactus Winteri Cristata Golden Rat Tail

(This plant comes in a 3.5 inch pot. All of our plants are grown under the same conditions, although not all the plants are the same. You will receive a similar plant in size and shape to the ones in the pictures. Our plants are hand-picked and carefully selected to bring you the best quality possible. Please allow us up to 3 business days to process your order. If you wish to receive your order on a specific date, or have special instructions, please add a note at the checkout . The plant is shipped in its pot to prevent any damage to the roots).

Cleistocactus Winteri Cristata is commonly known as “Golden Rat Tail”. Having an origin in Bolivia, this interesting cactus belongs to the Cactaceae family. They are creeping or hanging cacti with long coiled stems covered in small golden thorns. Gowing up to a height of 2 to 5 meters, Golden Rat Tail is a magnificent plant that will add a touch of wilderness to your garden.

Growth Rate

Cleistocactus winteri Cristata has a slow growth rate.


This cactus blooms in late winter to early spring, with orange or salmon-pink flowers.

Watering and Feeding

During the growing season, the Golden rat tail requires moderate watering. If the weather is sunny enough, this can be done weekly or more frequently during the summer, but allow it to dry completely before watering again. During the active growing period, give a high potassium liquid feed on occasion.


Use a well-drained cactus mix soil for this variety.


Winter care is simple for Cleistocactus winteri cristata at temperatures ranging from 5 to 15° C. This plant is frost hardy to -2° C (28.4° F) and belongs to the hardiness zone of 9 to 11.


Filtered bright light, partial sun, or light shade sun exposure is required for the plant’s growth. Avoid placing it in full sun as it will cause sunburn. 


Golden rat tail cactus is simple to propagate from cuttings or seeds. Take cuttings in the spring or summer and allow them to dry until the ends callous well.

Cleistocactus Winteri Cristata “Golden Rat Tail” cactus complements modern interior decors that are predominantly white with small accents of stone or light-colored wood.

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Blooming Season Mid summer-early fall
Common Name Golden rat tail
Dormancy Winter
Family Cactaceae
Flower Pink
Frost Tolerance 28°f (-2°c)
Growth Rate Fast growth
Hardiness Zone 9b-11
Height 6-12 in. (15-30 Cm)
Origin Bolivia
Pot Size 3.5"
Scientific Name Cleistocactus winteri Cristata Golden Rat Tail
Shape -
Sun Exposure Full sun to partial shade

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Danny T.
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One of my favorites

Arrived in great shape. The rocks did call out of this one during shipping so I had to clean all the lil pebbles out of its spines. One of my favorite ones that we have in our collection now.

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John A.
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Modest size. Healthy appearing

Angela H.
United States United States

Wish list plant

Cute little crest been waiting for this guy.

Robert T.
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Another great purchase

Very happy with this purchase, great quality.

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Fyona D.
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My favorite Cacti I've bought from Planet Desert so far!

Cleistocactus winteri Cristata Golden Rat Tail

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If you live in a cold climate and are expecting temperatures below 40 degrees within the next five days after placing your order, we highly recommend adding a heat pack to your order. If you do not order a heat pack, we do not send one with your order.

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To prevent plants from freezing while in transit, orders placed for areas with extreme severe freezing temperatures will be held for shipment until it is safe to ship.

Plants that are in 3.5" pots and smaller will be shipped in its pot to prevent any damage to the roots. Any plant that is larger than a 3.5" pot WILL NOT come with a pot as it will be shipped bare root.

Depending on the species and season, you will receive a very similar plant to the one in the picture. It may or may not be blooming at the time of your purchase.

We ship via USPS Priority Mail, and we calculate the shipping cost based on the weight and volume of your purchase. Care instructions are included in every package you order. Please allow us up to 3 business days to process your order. Depending on your location, we will ship the plants on a certain day to avoid transit time during weekends or holidays. If you wish to receive your order on a specific date, or have special instructions, please add a note on your order. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us at any time.

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