Cactus Types

Architectural, and virtually indestructible, cacti add style to your space.
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Spherical Cactus with Pronounced Ridges

Notocactus magnificus is a compact, grayish-blue, spherical cactus with golden yellow spines on pronounced ridges. It produces offshoots to form large clumps and suits a large shallow bowl.

A Blooming Cactus with Sharp Barbed Hooks

The Mammillaria zeilmanniana is a clump-forming cactus armed with a combination of small spines and barbs that look like fish hooks. Its good looks are softened in the summer by a profusion of bright pink flowers.

Cacti Produces Mass of Showy Blooms

Echinocereus encompasses a large group of column-forming cacti, renowned for the rich colors of their bright, showy flowers that appear in the spring and summer.

Opuntia Cactus Perfect for Small Pots

The Opuntia microdasys 'albispina' is related to the large, imposing prickly pear, but this dwarf Opuntia is perfect for small pots in the home.

Silver Spined Cactus

Rebutia krainziana produces dark green stems that resemble flattened spheres with tiny silver spines in a spiral pattern on the surface. Scarlet flowers appear in the summer.

Christmas Cactus Blooms Just in Time for the Holiday

The Christmas cactus is perfect for a tall pot or a hanging basket which allows the long, bright green stems terminating in pink flowers to rain down in the fall and winter.

Oreocereus Celsianus

Originating the the higher altitudes of Peru, Bolivia and Argentinia, this cactus is referred to as "the Old Man of the Andes" because of the white, hairy spikes that cover this columnar cactus.