This blog is dedicated to plants from desert regions around the world as well as plants that have adapted to withstand arid conditions, but do not occur in real deserts. Many of the plants are found in arid semi-desert regions. There will be a greater emphasis on succulent plants, but others will also be included. This blog deals with desert plants of the Americas, Africa, Arabia and others. We are situated in South Africa and South African plants are likely to feature more dominantly. The pictures taken are from our private botanical desert garden at Leopoort near Oudtshoorn, from plants in nature, as well as other collections.

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Cleistocactus jujuyensis is a slender, freely branching cactus native to Argentina and Bolivia.

The greyish-green stems grow up to 1 m long or sometimes longer. The aeroles produce many thin radial spines and four yellow-brown central spines. The thin flowers (up to 4 cm long) are red in colour and appear in the middle of spring in our rockery in South Africa.

Propagation is from seed or cuttings and a well drained soil is essential. Watering is mainly during summer.

Adult plants in our nursery easily withstand mild frost (-3 deg Celsius) in winter.

Cleistocactus jujuyensisCleistocactus jujuyensis in cultivation.

Cleistocactus jujuyensisFlowers.