Austrocylindropuntia subulata cristata

Austrocylindropuntia subulata f. cristata

This is a fast-growing cactus that should be kept in a pot, otherwise it can get to be 13′ tall and 10′ wide. They prefer their nighttime temperatures to not go below 40F, although it can survive a slight frost. Some reports indicate that it is semi-deciduous in that the “leaves” may drop during its winter dormant period. It should be kept fairly dry in winter. That also means it wants a very free draining soil so as to not rot. Regular water during summer.

The crested form is said to be a cultivation artifact and potentially caused by damage when the plant is small. It produces large fans that are tipped with the succulent leaves. They also do have a few sharp spines.

Pronunciation: oss-troh-sil-in-droh-PUN-tee-uh sub-yoo-LAH-tuh

Species Meaning: Awl-shaped

Austrocylindropuntia subulata is native to to the high elevations of Ecuador and Peru in South America.

In Our Garden

Plant ID: P20158-1

Found in Compost Heap,

The plant had been in the border of the giants, but did not make it through the winter of 2021

We acquired this plant from Home Depot.

Family: Cactaceae

Genus: Austrocylindropuntia

Species: subulata

Variety: cristata

Commonly known as: Eve's Pin, Asparagus cactus

Height: 10ft to 15ft

Spread: 5ft to 10ft

Growth Habit:
Water Needs:
Summer - Low Water
Sun Needs:
Full Sun
Part Sun
Soil Type:
Zn9a - down to 20F

Susceptible to Rabbit.

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