Desert Cacti (Arids)

Desert cacti have a weird beauty that grows on you.  It’s not all flowers and foliage but rather structure, shape and the colour of their spines. The shape can be columnar (tall, erect), globular (round, barrel-shaped) or arborescent (branching, tree-shaped). The colour of the spines vary but their beauty is enhanced with the sun reflecting off and through the spines. 

Understanding the natural habitat of a plant and trying to replicate this environment in your home, is important. Desert cacti have adapted to arid regions with very little rain or moisture available to them. If it does rain, it is usually transient so to adapt to these harsh conditions they have found ways to efficiently collect and store water in their stem. Their spines (highly modified leaves) aid in surviving in a harsh environment. Warmth, airflow, a good watering followed by a period of dry, a sheltered position, particularly in winter and one that receives plenty of sunshine and light. It is always better to underwater than overwater as cacti roots rot easily when exposed to too much moisture, more so in winter. As more roots die, the stem starts to deteriorate, turning soft and changing colour.

Melbourne’s temperate ‘Mediterranean’ climate, suits arid cacti, particularly in the warmer months. In winter,  most cacti are dormant and should be kept dry indoors in a warm spot with plenty of light or outside in a greenhouse. Hairy cacti are more prone to rot so place in a sheltered position all year round.

Columnar Cacti (upright)

Stenocereus pruinosa ‘Grey Organ Pipe Cactus’ + Cement Planter 16cm

$89.00

BOTANICAL NAME_ Stenocereus pruinosa

AKA_ Grey Organ Pipe Cactus, Grey Ghost

FEATURES_ Grey Organ Pipe Cactus (Stenocereus pruinosa) is a slow growing, upright cylindrical cactus with occasional branching.  Powdery blue-green columnar cactus from Mexico. Hardy, low maintenance and drought tolerant.

PLANT PERSONALITY_ Sharp and stunning. Not afraid to say what they think but from a place of great depth and beauty.

Cleistocactus strausii ‘Silver Torch’ + Cement Planter 10cm

$45.00

BOTANICAL NAME_ Cleistocactus strausii (native to Bolivia and Argentina)

AKA_ Silver Torch Cactus, Woolly Cactus

FEATURES_The Cleistocactus strausii has a green stem that takes on a silver-grey appearance due to its short, whitish densespines. It is an erect columnar cacti with ribbed, eventually branched, cylindrical stems bearing dense spines and tubular red flowers in summer.  Grows to 1.5m.

PLANT PERSONALITY_ Hairy and lovable.

Azureocereus hertlingianus ‘Azure Torch’ + Cement Planter 10cm

$45.00

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BOTANICAL NAME_ Azureocereus hertlingianus

AKA_also known as Azure Torch, Blue Cactus

FEATURES_ A spectacular turquoise blue coloured columnar cactus that can grow to 2m tall in the ground, albeit a slow grower.  Plants will remain much smaller contained in a pot. Golden brown spines are the perfect colour contrast to the turquoise blue. Can branch at the base and maintains its bluish colour with age. Very impressive specimen in the garden or confined to a container.

PLANT PERSONALITY_  Minimalist and imposing, bold and individualistic.

Espostoa lanata ‘Peruvian Old Man Cactus’ + Cement Planter 10cm

$45.00

BOTANICAL NAME_ Espostoa lanata

AKA_also known as ‘Peruvian Old Man Cactus’

FEATURES_ Lanata is a very desirable cactus due to its attractive white hair and upright growth and habit.  Very slow growing with plants taking 10-20 years to reach 50cm to 100cm. Specimens over 50 years old can be spectacular (hope you’re young)

PLANT PERSONALITY_  The name says it all ‘Old man’. Plant gift for dad and his greying whispy locks whether it be for his birthday or Father’s Day. Or any friend who is old before his/her time. Milestone birthdays.

Mammillaria ‘Toluca’+ Cement Planter 10cm

$45.00

BOTANICAL NAME_ Mammillaria ‘Toluca’

FEATURES_Toluca is a hardy, decorative mammillaria growing into a cylindrical stem 10-12cm across.  It may develop offsets with age. The stem has uniform conical projections that are raised and mirror the shape of the stem.

Pilosocereus glaucochrous ‘Blue Torch Cactus’ + Tapered Planter 16cm

$89.00

BOTANICAL NAME_ Pilosocereus glaucochrous (native to Brazil)

AKA_ Blue Torch Cactus

FEATURES_ The Pilosocereus glaucochrous is a rare species whose natural habitat is subtropical or tropical dry forests. It has a columnar growth pattern with branching occuring at the base.  The real feature is the stunning bluey green stem colour and white hairy areolas. It produces large bold pink red flowers in midsummer and maintains a gorgeous, upright, sculptural form.

PLANT PERSONALITY_ A true plant sculpture in texture, colour and form.

Stetsonia coryne ‘Toothpick Cactus’ + Cement Planter 16cm

$89.00

BOTANICAL NAME_ Stetsonia coryne, native to Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay (Cereus coryne)

AKA_ Toothpick Cactus

FEATURES_ Stetsonia coryne is a popular species which, in a garden setting, will grow to 4 or 5 metres in 30 years with branched offsets. It will grow much slower in pots. Known as the Toothpick Cactus it has very long bronzed spines and stunning, upright, architectural form with a contrasting blue-green stem. White flowers open at night and remain open into the day.

PLANT PERSONALITY_ Sharp and stunning. Not afraid to say what they think but from a place of great depth and beauty.

Espostoa melanostele ‘Peruvian Old Lady Cactus’ + Cement Planter 10cm

$45.00

BOTANICAL NAME_ Espostoa melanostele

AKA_also known as ‘Peruvian Old Lady Cactus’

FEATURES_ Melanostele is a very desirable cactus due to its dense white hair and thick upright growth habit. Slow growing reaching 50cm in 10 to 20 years. Older plants will form multiple offsets from their base.

PLANT PERSONALITY_  The name says it all ‘Old Lady Cactus’. Humorous plant gift for mum on Mother’s Day or a friend to let them know they’re getting old on their birthday. Perfect for milestone birthdays.

Espostoa lanata ‘Peruvian Old Man Cactus’ + Cement Planter 16cm

$89.00

BOTANICAL NAME_ Espostoa lanata

AKA_also known as ‘Peruvian Old Man Cactus’

FEATURES_ Lanata is a very desirable cactus due to its attractive white hair and upright growth and habit.  Very slow growing with plants taking 10-20 years to reach 50cm to 100cm. Specimens over 50 years old can be spectacular (hope you’re young)

PLANT PERSONALITY_  The name says it all ‘Old man’. Plant gift for dad and his greying whispy locks whether it be for his birthday or Father’s Day. Or any friend who is old before his/her time. Milestone birthdays.

 

Pilosocereus Azureus ‘Blue Torch Cactus’ + Tapered Planter 16cm

$89.00

BOTANICAL NAME_ Pilocereus azureus (native to Brazil)

AKA_ Blue Torch Cactus

FEATURES_ Pilocereus azureus is an incredible species for the spine colour alone, from honey coloured to brown against a blue to green stem.  The spines are truly beautiful in reflective sunlight.  Most forms have a frosted green to blue stem which is a beautiful contrast to the golden spines and flowers are white.

PLANT PERSONALITY_ Sharp and stunning. Not afraid to say what they think but from a place of great depth and beauty.

Globose (round, barrel-shaped)

Astrophytum myriostigma ‘Bishop’s Cap’ + Cement Planter 10cm

$45.00

BOTANICAL NAME_ Astrophytum myriostigma

AKA_also known as the Bishop’s Cap

FEATURES_  A solitary, spineless cactus forming a star shaped, ribbed structure with feature white flocking on the skin which is a protection from the sun.  Blooms glossy yellow flowers in the summer months which are fragrant.

PLANT TRAITS_ Adaptable and strong. Claw back lost ground. Look ahead to a bright future. This cactus can withstand hostile environments and overcome adversity. It sends a message to stay strong and true to yourself.  Bishop’s cap because of its shape carries religious symbolism too.

 

Oroya borchersii + Cement Planter 10cm

$45.00

BOTANICAL NAME_ Oroya borchersii (native to Peru)

FEATURES_ Stunning high altitude species from Peru. Beautiful golden spines, adn golden flowers. Oroya borchersii is a solitary globular cactus up to 20cm and completely covered with thin yellow spines.  It is considered one of the most beautiful species of this genus.  It reminds me of greek kadaifi noodles.

HISTORY_ This small genre is primarily found in the highlands of Peru and derive their name from the Peruvian town La Oroya where they were first found.

 

Gymnocalycium anisitsii ‘Chin Cactus’ + Cement Planter 10cm

$45.00

BOTANICAL NAME_ Gymnocalycium sp. (native to Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay and Brazil)

AKA_ Chin Cactus

FEATURES_ Very attractive compact species growing to 10cm across.  Stunning flowers appear in summer and last for 4-8 weeks. Plants remain solitary but sometimes produce an offset with age. Very slow growing.

FOLKLORE_ Gymnocalycium from the Greek word ‘Gymnos’ meaning naked and Kalyx meaning bud.  Naked calyx refers to the flower buds bearing no hair or spines.

Ferocactus sp. ‘The Traveller’s Cactus’ + Cement Planter 10cm

$45.00

BOTANICAL NAME_ Ferocactus sp. (native to Mexico)

AKA_ The Traveller’s Friend

FEATURES_ Ferocactus is a genus of large barrel shaped cactus. Ferox meaning fierce and Kaktos is the Greek word for thistle. It has large spines and smallish flowers that are diurnal (open during the day) in summer.

FOLKLORE_ Nicknamed ‘The Traveller’s Friend’ due to the belief that the barrels contain a well of water waiting to be tapped into by a parched traveller passing by. Not recommended to drink the water though!

Mammillaria bocasana ‘Powder Puff Cactus’ + Cement Planter 10cm

$45.00

BOTANICAL NAME_ Mammillaria bocasana v roseaflora (native to Mexico)

AKA_ Powder Puff Cactus, Pin Cushion Cactus

FEATURES_ Powder Puff Cactus is a small, globose (spherical habit) cactus.  A nice fluffy contrast to other Cacti in your collection or an easy care one to kick off a collection. Great texture, coppery hook spines have a fluffy coating of white, cottony hair that has unique aesthetic merit. Soft pink flowers.

PLANT PERSONALITY_ Soft, fluffy and feminine.  Powder puff facade but mess with her and you’re likely to come off second best in the nicest possible way.  Easy care and very pretty in flower.

Astrophytum ornatum ‘Monk’s Hood Cactus’ + Cement Planter 10cm

$45.00

BOTANICAL NAME_ Ferocactus latispinus

AKA_also known as the Monk’s Hood Cactus

FEATURES_ Ornatum is one of the most attractive of all cacti species with attractive spine formations on a neatly adorned body.  The species is highly variable. Growth is slow taking 20 or 30 years to achieve maximum width of 12cm and 20-30cm high. Spotted and globose.

PLANT TRAITS_ Adaptable and strong. Claw back lost ground. Look ahead to a bright future. This cactus can withstand hostile environments and overcame adversity. It’s unique ability to store water for long periods to carry it through periods of drought to survive and continue to thrive.  It sends a message to stay strong and true to yourself.

 

Mammillaria bocasana ‘Powder Puff Cactus’ + Ribbed Planter 12cm

$49.00

BOTANICAL NAME_ Mammillaria bocasana (native to Mexico)

AKA_ Powder Puff Cactus, Pin Cushion Cactus

FEATURES_ Powder Puff Cactus is a small, globose (spherical habit) cactus.  A nice fluffy contrast to other Cacti in your collection or an easy care one to kick off a collection. Great texture, coppery hook spines have a fluffy coating of white, cottony hair that has unique aesthetic merit. Soft cream ring of flowers.

PLANT PERSONALITY_ Soft, fluffy and feminine.  Powder puff facade but mess with her and you’re likely to come off second best in the nicest possible way.  Easy care and very pretty in flower.

Clumping Cacti (produces offsets)

Echinopsis scoullar + Wave Planter 13cm

$59.00

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BOTANICAL NAME_ Echinopsis scoullar

FEATURES_  Compact clustering habit selected more for sculptural form.  Individual cactus grow to 8cm across and form numerous offsets.  Offsets are easily removed and repotted in warmer months to grow another plant. Large flowers will appear given enough sunlight.

GREEK MEANING_  From the greek word Echinos to mean Spiny and Opsis meaning appearance, together Echinopsis means of spiny appearance.

Lobivia arachnacantha ‘Hedgehog Cactus’ + Wave Planter 13cm

$59.00

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BOTANICAL NAME_ Lobivia arachnacantha (native to South America), more recently renamed Echinopsis

AKA_ Hedgehog Cactus, Sea Urchin Cactus

FEATURES_  Dark chocolate in colour, the ‘arachnacantha’ variety is from the Greek words for ‘spider web shaped thorns”. Compact clustering cactus with short, dense, recurved spines resembling scorpions. Numerous offsets are produced to create a low clumping cactus with rusty coloured spines. Large, showy 6cm flowers appear enmasse in warmer months. The tight knit spines create a spider web of uniformity.

PLANT PERSONALITY_  Scorpios. Passionate, Dominating, Sexual, Defensive, Ardent, Transformative. One of the most important spiritual meanings that scorpions convey is that of isolation. They are quite solitary creatures by nature, only interacting with others sporadically and on rare occasions. The perfect isolation succulent. Great beginner cactus, easy to grow.

Mammillaria bombycina ‘The Bridal Ball’ + Cement Planter 10cm

$45.00

BOTANICAL NAME_ Mammillaria bombycina

AKA_ The Bridal Ball

FEATURES_ Probably the most popular and beautiful of all the mammillarias, bombycina eventually grows to 20com high and produces numerous offsets.  In spring pink flowers appear in a ring on the previous year’s growth.

OCCASION_ Soft, fluffy and feminine, the bridal ball is perfect gift for weddings, engagements or a small gift to your partner to push things along.

Mammillaria spinosissima ”Un Pico’ + Cement Planter 10cm

$45.00

BOTANICAL NAME_ Mammillaria spinosissima

AKA_ Un Pico

FEATURES_ Compact clustering habit with a ring of crimson flowers in late winter.  It gets its name ‘Pico’ due to having only one spine per areole. The stem is columnar often solitary and sometimes clumping.

PLANT PERSONALITY_ The perfect gift for beginner cacti collectors.  Low maintenance and drought tolerant.  The Little One.

Aylostera pulvinosa ‘Crown Cactus’ + Cement Planter 10cm

$45.00

BOTANICAL NAME_ Aylostera pulvinosa (also Rebutia pulvinosa, native to Bolivia)

AKA_ Crown Cactus

FEATURES_ A small clumping, clustering cacti with vibrant orange flowers.  Quickly produces offsets with a spreading “pulvinus” cushion habit.  Bright green in colour and covered in a mesh of white spines.

PLANT PERSONALITY_ The perfect gift for beginner cacti collectors.  Something that grows and multiplies over time.

Lobivia schieliana + cement planter 10cm

$45.00

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BOTANICAL NAME_ Lobivia schieliana (native to Bolivia)

FEATURES_ A dwarf compact cactus with short, dense, recurved spines resembling scorpions. Numerous offsets are produced to create a low clumping cactus with rusty coloured spines. Large, red 6cm flowers appear enmasse in warmer months. The tight knit spines create a repeat pattern of uniformity

PLANT PERSONALITY_  Scorpios. Passionate, Dominating, Sexual, Defensive, Ardent, Transformative. One of the most important spiritual meanings that scorpions convey is that of isolation. They are quite solitary creatures by nature, only interacting with others sporadically and on rare occasions. The perfect isolation succulent.

Mammillaria elongata ‘Little Suns’ + Cement Planter 10cm

$45.00

BOTANICAL NAME_ Mammillaria elongata (Native to Mexico)

AKA_ LIttle Suns Cactus

FEATURES_ Gold, interlacing, star shaped ribs (spines) on cylindrical, prostrate stems.  A clumping cactus that produces many offsets. Will get deeper colour with more sunlight.

PLANT PERSONALITY_ The perfect gift for beginner cacti collectors.  Low maintenance and drought tolerant.  The Golden Child.

Mammillaria elegans + Cement Planter 10cm

$45.00

BOTANICAL NAME_ Mammillaria elegans, native to Mexico and United States

AKA_ Pin Cushion Cactus, Nipple Cactus

FEATURES_ Mammillaria elegans is a globular cactus with dense white spines and white wool. Rings of crimson flowers in late winter provide beautiful contrast to a white, woolly body. Compact, clustering habit. Protect from frost to prevent scarring.

PLANT PERSONALITY_ Neat, uniform and minimalist.  Strives for perfection and order. Perfect desktop plant for a sunny office or outdoor porch that receives lots of morning sun to early afternoon sun.

Arborescent Cacti (Tree, Branching Form)

Euphorbia Ferox ‘Pin Cushion Euphorbia’ + Cement Planter 16cm

$89.00

BOTANICAL NAME_ Euphorbia ferox (Native to South Africa)

AKA_ Pin Cushion Euphorbia

FEATURES_ Multiplebranched at base with heavilythorned cushions. This Euphorbia is a spiky beast and should be handled with care.  

This fierce Euphorbia has extra thick, sharp, purple thorns and should be handled with care. It grows wild in South Africa and is extremely drought tolerant. Keep this spiky wonder in bright sunlight and it will produce clusters of offsets around its base.

PLANT TRAITS_ Prickly wonder for hardened individuals. Tough nuts.

PS: Euphorbia also contain a white, latex, milky sap that can cause skin irritation or allergic reaction so make sure you use gloves and eye protection when handling or repotting.

Advanced or Rare/Unusual

Stenocereus pruinosa ‘Grey Organ Pipe Cactus’ + Cement Planter 16cm

$89.00

BOTANICAL NAME_ Stenocereus pruinosa

AKA_ Grey Organ Pipe Cactus, Grey Ghost

FEATURES_ Grey Organ Pipe Cactus (Stenocereus pruinosa) is a slow growing, upright cylindrical cactus with occasional branching.  Powdery blue-green columnar cactus from Mexico. Hardy, low maintenance and drought tolerant.

PLANT PERSONALITY_ Sharp and stunning. Not afraid to say what they think but from a place of great depth and beauty.

Pilosocereus glaucochrous ‘Blue Torch Cactus’ + Tapered Planter 16cm

$89.00

BOTANICAL NAME_ Pilosocereus glaucochrous (native to Brazil)

AKA_ Blue Torch Cactus

FEATURES_ The Pilosocereus glaucochrous is a rare species whose natural habitat is subtropical or tropical dry forests. It has a columnar growth pattern with branching occuring at the base.  The real feature is the stunning bluey green stem colour and white hairy areolas. It produces large bold pink red flowers in midsummer and maintains a gorgeous, upright, sculptural form.

PLANT PERSONALITY_ A true plant sculpture in texture, colour and form.

Euphorbia Ferox ‘Pin Cushion Euphorbia’ + Cement Planter 16cm

$89.00

BOTANICAL NAME_ Euphorbia ferox (Native to South Africa)

AKA_ Pin Cushion Euphorbia

FEATURES_ Multiplebranched at base with heavilythorned cushions. This Euphorbia is a spiky beast and should be handled with care.  

This fierce Euphorbia has extra thick, sharp, purple thorns and should be handled with care. It grows wild in South Africa and is extremely drought tolerant. Keep this spiky wonder in bright sunlight and it will produce clusters of offsets around its base.

PLANT TRAITS_ Prickly wonder for hardened individuals. Tough nuts.

PS: Euphorbia also contain a white, latex, milky sap that can cause skin irritation or allergic reaction so make sure you use gloves and eye protection when handling or repotting.

Pilosocereus Azureus ‘Blue Torch Cactus’ + Tapered Planter 16cm

$89.00

BOTANICAL NAME_ Pilocereus azureus (native to Brazil)

AKA_ Blue Torch Cactus

FEATURES_ Pilocereus azureus is an incredible species for the spine colour alone, from honey coloured to brown against a blue to green stem.  The spines are truly beautiful in reflective sunlight.  Most forms have a frosted green to blue stem which is a beautiful contrast to the golden spines and flowers are white.

PLANT PERSONALITY_ Sharp and stunning. Not afraid to say what they think but from a place of great depth and beauty.

Espostoa lanata ‘Peruvian Old Man Cactus’ + Cement Planter 16cm

$89.00

BOTANICAL NAME_ Espostoa lanata

AKA_also known as ‘Peruvian Old Man Cactus’

FEATURES_ Lanata is a very desirable cactus due to its attractive white hair and upright growth and habit.  Very slow growing with plants taking 10-20 years to reach 50cm to 100cm. Specimens over 50 years old can be spectacular (hope you’re young)

PLANT PERSONALITY_  The name says it all ‘Old man’. Plant gift for dad and his greying whispy locks whether it be for his birthday or Father’s Day. Or any friend who is old before his/her time. Milestone birthdays.

 

Stetsonia coryne ‘Toothpick Cactus’ + Cement Planter 16cm

$89.00

BOTANICAL NAME_ Stetsonia coryne, native to Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay (Cereus coryne)

AKA_ Toothpick Cactus

FEATURES_ Stetsonia coryne is a popular species which, in a garden setting, will grow to 4 or 5 metres in 30 years with branched offsets. It will grow much slower in pots. Known as the Toothpick Cactus it has very long bronzed spines and stunning, upright, architectural form with a contrasting blue-green stem. White flowers open at night and remain open into the day.

PLANT PERSONALITY_ Sharp and stunning. Not afraid to say what they think but from a place of great depth and beauty.