Hildewintera colademononis was reclassified to Cleistocactus winteri subsp. Colademononis AKA Monkey Tail Cactus. It has very long white and soft, hairlike spines. The common name “monkey's tail” refers to the appearance of the hairy stems. The flowers are large bright red blooms . Growth starts as upright and then hangs.
It is native to Bolivia and is an epilithic plant which grows hanging from steep rock faces protruding above the surrounding jungle.
Monkey tails grow best in bright indirect light but can take full direct sun or light shade. Avoid intense afternoon sun since that can sunburn the stems.
Monkey Tail Cactus prefers to stay on the dry side. In the summer, water them only when the soil has dried out completely. Always err on the side of underwatering. They are built to withstand drought, and overwatering is one of the quickest ways to kill them.
Easy to propagate from seeds, cuttings and offsets. Take cuttings in spring and let callus for a couple of weeks. Then plant cuttings in fresh cactus soil that is slightly moist. Fertilize: The Monkey Tail does not require fertilizer though it can be added to give container grown plants a boost or to supplement poor soil.
Approx. 4" tall and 2" at the widest point. Every plant will vary in size, color and shape.
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