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Weird and Wonderful Desert Plants

Fight off the winter blues and soak in the sun with our selection of incredibly unique cacti and succulents. With their rugged foliage and, in many cases, stunning blooms, these plants will bring the heat of the south into your home. Best of all, they are low maintenance and easy to grow, and tolerant of low household humidity!

Candy CactusCandy Cactus
Ferocactus macrodiscus

  • Medium-sized barrel cactus with blue-green skin and pinkish, hooked spines
  • Clusters of cotton candy pink flowers with darker inner stripes appear at the top of the plant
  • Very sensitive to overwatering; water occasionally in summer and not at all in winter
  • Prefers a full southern exposure


Ivory Pagoda cactusIvory Pagoda’ Crassula
Crassula ‘Ivory Pagoda’

  • Unique miniature succulent, slow-growing to an eventual height of 6-9”
  • Will gradually fill its container
  • Water sparingly
  • Prefers a western or southern exposure


Starfish Flower CactusStarfish Flower
Stapelia hirsuta

  • Semi-erect succulent stems produce incredible, hairy, red- and yellow-striped flowers in late summer and fall
  • Provide bright, indirect light
  • Water when the soil has almost dried out in summer; water more sparingly in winter
  • Fertilize every 2 weeks with 20-20-20 in spring/summer


Madagascar PalmMadagascar Palm
Pachypodium spp.

  • Not really a palm, this succulent produces a spiny trunk with a crown of narrows at the top, making it resemble an “alien-looking” palm
  • Showy flowers (usually white) appear on older plants
  • Water regularly in summer, allowing it to approach dryness between watering
  • Allow to completely dry between watering in winter
  • May drop leaves over the winter, if grown cool and dry
  • Fertilize every 2 weeks in summer with 20-20-20
  • Grow in a west or south window

San Pedro CactusSan Pedro Cactus
Echinopsis pachanoi

  • Nearly spineless, columnar cactus with blue-green skin
  • Beautiful, fragrant, nocturnal, white 8-inch flowers are borne near the top of the stem in “fireworks” patterns
  • Appreciates regular watering (with perfect drainage) during the summer
  • Grow mostly dry in winter
  • Prefers a full southern exposure

Argentine CactusArgentine Saguaro Cactus
Echinopsis terscheckii

  • Relatively fast-growing cactus with branching stems that form a tree-like shape
  • Mature plants freely produce gorgeous 8-inch, fragrant, nocturnal, white flowers along the stems
  • Water sparingly, providing just enough water to keep the stems from shriveling
  • Prefers a full southern exposure


Giant Barrel CactusGiant Barrel Cactus
Echinocactus pltayacanthus

  • The largest of the barrel cacti, this slow-growing species develops increasingly pronounced “ribbing” as it matures
  • Armed with long, dark brown to purple-black spines against blue-green skin
  • Mature plants produce yellow flowers in summer
  • Allow to completely dry between watering in summer; keep dry in winter
  • Prefers full southern exposure

Golden Barrel CactusGolden Barrel Cactus
Echinocactus grusonii

  • A rounded cactus with brilliant golden spines
  • Yellow flowers appear in summer on mature plants
  • Slow-growing, typically reaching 1-2 feet in height and width in pots
  • Grow in a sandy, sharply-drained soil, and allow to completely dry between watering in summer
  • Water just enough to keep from shriveling in winter
  • Prefers a full southern exposure

Owls Eye CactusOwl’s Eyes Cactus
Mammillaria parkinsonii

  • Mounds of woolly, rounded stems densely covered in spines
  • Produces small, pale yellow flowers
  • Slow-growing but very easy
  • Water sparingly and place in a west or south window


Pincushion CactusPincushion Cactus
Mammillaria melanocentra

  • Dwarf cactus to 8 inches wide has a rounded form with a flat top
  • Produces a crown of intense pink flowers in the winter months
  • Water sparingly; sensitive to overwatering
  • Prefers a western or southern exposure





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