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Cleistocactus serpens
Scientific Name: Cleistocactus serpens (Kunth) F.A.C.Weber
Synonym: Cereus serpens, Loxanthocereus otuscensis, Borzicactus sulcifer, Loxanthocereus sulcifer, Borzicactus pseudothelegonus, Cereus pseudothelegonus, Loxanthocereus parvitesselatus, Cleistocactus leonensis, Loxanthocereus granditessellatus, Borzicactella serpens, Bolivicereus serpens, Cactus serpens, Borzicactus serpens
Family: Cactaceae
Cleistocactus  serpens
Borzicactus sulcifer at the HBG (HBG 44701)
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 9b-10

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

Heat Tolerance: Light shade in Phoenix in summer

Sun Exposure: Light shade to full sun

Origin: Northern Peru to southern Ecuador

Growth Habits: Shrubby, semi-prostrate stems up to 6 feet long (2 m), 0.8 to 1.6 inches (2 to 4 cm) in diameter; 8 to 12 ribs; 0 to 2 central spines, 0.8 to 1.2 inches (2 to 3 cm) long; 10 to 20 radial spines, 0.2 to 0.28 inch (0.5 to 0.7 cm) long;

Watering Needs: Water generously during the summer.


Cleistocactus serpens at Holly Gate Nursery

Blooming Habits:
Flowers 2 inches (5 cm) in length, pink to red

Fruiting Habits:

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