Interior Jungle

Monkey Tail Cactus (Hildewintera Colademononis)

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If you are a sucker for succulent plants or cacti plants in general, then this piece will most definitely tickle your fancy. The Monkey Tail Cactus is a rarer variety, often very hard to find. It's origin can be traced back to the Bolivian countryside in Santa Cruz. It is of epilithic nature, meaning in its natural habitat it is most commonly found growing on or between steep rocks hanging above a jungle below.

This plant probably owes its name to the appearance of its stems, which take up the shape and look of a monkey’s tail. Some might argue that some species of rats do take up a similar appearance, therefore also known as The Rat Tail Cactus. The stems are greenish-yellow and on them are protruding downward-facing hair-like soft white spines that cover the entire stem. To the eye, it may seem like they are safe to touch, but don’t be fooled!

Pet Friendly 

Yes, while most cacti plants aren't poisonous to your pet, the chemical composition of the cacti sap can cause gastrointestinal ailments to your little friends. Plant has spines; use extreme caution when handling.

Botanical Name 

Hildewintera Colademononis

Common Names include:

Monkey Tail Cactus OR Rat Tail Cactus

Size (Can grow to)

Slow growing cactus. Will reach 30cm to 15cm across long in 5 to 10 years.


Full sun or partially shaded. Best under protected partially shaded positions outdoors. Indoors only in sunny positions otherwise they will lose their nice shape in growth. Can be kept in small pots for many years. Will tolerate light frosts


Low. Requires good draining succulent soil. Water when almost dry in summer and seldom in winter