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Plant Details

Common Name Botanical Name
Crested Eve's Needle Austrocylindropuntia subulata var. Cristata
Plant type Cactus
Maintenance level Low
Water requirement Low
Sun exposure Full, Part Sun, Morning Sun
Height Range 1–3 Feet
Width Range 1–3 Feet
Growth rate Slow
General foliage color Green
Design style Patio Plant, Thorns/Spines
Hardiness cold tolerance 20 °F
Soil preference Sand, Rocky, Well Drained
Canopy value 7 ft²
Native location Ecuador and Peru, South America
PH preference Alkaline/Basic
Sunset zones 11, 12, 13
USDA hardiness zone 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
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This cactus is actually a mutation of the normal form of Austrocylindropuntia subulata (Eve's Needle). These mutations are often referred to as Cristata (Crested) or Monstrosa in form. Something either in the plants genes or a climatic event caused these plants to grow in a spectacular fashion. Most of the time crested cactus do not bloom flowers and often they can be absent of thorns or spines. Pay attention to the plants health if you are lucky enough to get one of these rare occurrences, because they have developed so differently they may need the added benefit of afternoon shade, additional water during the summer months or especially well draining soils.