Cacti are stem succulent plants that have originated in hot and dry areas in the Americas. They are tolerant plants and are very easy to care for. Their leaves have changed into spines growing from furry areoles. These spines, which vary from a bristly down to ferocious hooks and come in a range of attractive colours, protect the plants from the heat and from grazing animals. The stems grow in simple shapes like spheres and columns, often with ribs and tubercles, to store scarce water supplies.
Cacti are appealing not only for their attractive and unusual shapes and spination, but also for their stunning flowers. Some people think that cacti don’t flower or that they only flower once every ten years. But most cacti will flower every year just like every other plant. Some of the little globular cacti, like rebutias, are renowned for their beauty and readiness to flower.
spherical, oblong or club-shaped body, with tubercles,
white to straw-coloured spines with darker central spines,
very attractive plants, round with no spines, they are patterned
with white dots and closely resemble sea urchins.
The large, yellow flowers are red centred
making this one of the choicest members of this group
appealing species with long curving grey and black spines,
large yellow flowers
|CHAMAECEREUS HYBRID IRIS MYERS||bright yellow flowers||£2.95|
|CHAMAECEREUS HYBRID MAGNIFICENT||
a truly special flower in shades o
f glossy pink and purple
|CHAMAECEREUS HYBRID RAGGED ROBIN||purple-red flowers with “ragged” petals||£2.95|
|CHAMAECEREUS SILVESTRII||always impressive, scarlet flowers. Peanut cactus||£2.95|
|CHAMAECEREUS SILVESTRII CRASSICAULE||
a most peculiar plant which develops clumps
of thick stems ending
in a cristate hammer head. Crimson flowers
|CHAMAECEREUS SILVESTRII HYBRIDS||varied colourful hybrids of the peanut cactus. Large flowers||£2.95|
|CHAMAECEREUS UNCLE ARTHUR||flowers pale scarlet||£2.95|
small, spherical and deep green to olive-green,
sometimes with a reddish overlay.
Bristly with fine white spines and a longer
central spine, and bearing yellow flowers
|CORYPHANTHA VIVIPARA NEOMEXICANA||
attractive, white-spined species with very large,
Will stand frost if kept dry in winter
|DOLICOTHELE (MAMMILLARIA) LONGIMAMMA||
noteworthy for its large pale
yellow flowers and long pale green tubercles
|ECHINOCEREUS RIGIDISSIMUS V. RUBISPINUS||
fine spined, short, cylindrical
plants with huge, glossy purple
flowers with yellow centres
|ECHINOCEREUS SCHEERII||clumping species with large pinkish-red flowers||£2.95|
|ECHINOCEREUS VIERECKII MORICALII||
freely offsetting erect with stems
up to 20 cm tall. Yellow spines
and very large violet-pink flowers
globular type, up to 7cm tall,
with beautiful white spines.
Flowers in shades of pink. Choice
choice miniature, clustering species
with lilac flowers
|GYMNOCALYCIUM MULTIFLORUM (OURSELIANUM)||
bright green plants having flattened,
curved, yellow spines.
Bell shaped, pink flowers shading
to almost white
noted for its thick, curving grey
spines flattened against the plant.
Large, magenta flowers
|HAMATOCACTUS SETISPINUS||yellow flowers with red centre produced throughout the year. Globular plants||£2.95|
a most peculiar species and the only
member of this genus.
Hugely elongated blue grey
tubercles with raffia like spines.
Silken yellow flowers. Rare.
|LOBIVIA ARACHNACANTHA TORRECILLASENSIS||
small clumping and with large glossy
|LOBIVIA ZECHERI||bluish-green plants with violet-red flowers||£2.95|
clustering species with masses
of white wool and white spines,
cream or pink flowers
out of the ordinary species,
cylindrical body with masses of
light purple flowers.
Very attractive spination
|MAMMILLARIA MAZATLANENSIS||clumping cylindrical stems, impressive maroon flowers.||£2.95|
becoming cylindrical and reaching up to
15cm tall. white spines and
white wool at the top of the plant
which bears lots of maroon flowers
|MAMMILLARIA SHELDONII||notable for its large pink flowers edged white||£2.95|
showy plants with soft, white spines,
long pale green tubercles and large,
pale yellow flowers
superb freely-flowering species with rings
of lilac flowers.
One of the best mammillarias for a long
and showy display of flowers
|MATUCANA POLZII||strongly offsetting, large red flowers||£2.95|
flattened round plants with yellow brown
spines and large tubular yellow flowers
a remarkable black-bodied species with
yellow and brown flowers
|NEOPORTERIA SETOSIFLORA||olive-green to black with grey spines. Large yellowish to brick-red flowers||£2.95|
grows into a dark green, almost black,
plant with grey spines and magenta flowers
solitary, growing to 12cm high by 6.5 cm;
flowers lavender pink, 3.5 cm across
branching, cylindrical stems, up to 2m high
; large red and yellow flowers. Hardy outside in the UK.
|OPUNTIA ROBUSTA MONSTROSUS||attractive miniature grey columns with small elongated pads||£2.95|
rapidly growing clustering columns,
reaching a metre and more quickly.
It makes a magnificent candelabrum
if the top is cut off and the branches are allowed to sprout,
will grow into a massive specimen
if bedded into a glasshouse; red flowers.
Will grow well in the garden or on a patio in summer.
|PARODIA WEBERIANA||globular plants with grey spines, yellow, orange or red flowers||£2.95|
green-grey spherical or elongating
bodies with upturned spines. Yellow and orange flowers
golden yellow spines, freely offsetting
with peach/orange flowers
this offsetting species has a dense
covering of short white spines. Orange-salmon flowers
an outstanding species with dense
white spines and bright orange flowers. Choic
beautiful maroon flowers produced
in large numbers. One of the later
|SULCOREBUTIA MENESESII V MUSCHII||
clumping plants with yellow curving
spines. Numerous golden yellow flowers.
dark green, clustering, with large
glossy maroon flowers
tall, stout branching columns
eventually reaching 12m tall in habitat;
large 20cm long white flowers