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Ornamentals


Teddy Bear Cactus

Cleistocactus winterii photo by Manuel M Ramos
Common Name:  Teddy Bear Cactus

Botanical Name: Cleistocactus winteri

Family: Cactaceae

Description: South American native cactus

Sun: Full sun to light shade





Water: Regular water in summer; allow to dry between watering; none to light water in winter months

Soil:  Any soil with good drainage

Habit and form:  Columnar cactus forming masses of columns with golden spines, up to 3 feet tall, stems 2 1/2 inches in diameter

Flower type:  Many-petaled showy flowers

Flower color & bloom season: Salmon-pink flowers in spring and summer, 1 to 2 inches in length, 2 inches in diameter.  Mature plants bloom repetitively. The flowers are followed by green fruit, about 1/2 inch long

Pruning time & method:  None required

Maintenance tips: Fertilize monthly in spring and summer.  Sensitive to mealy bugs along spines

Comments:  Can be propagated by seeds or cuttings

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