Desert Cacti (Arids)

The eye-catching beauty of desert cacti lie in their structural shape, texture, 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 the beauty lies in viewing the spines at different times of the day, particularly, morning and afternoon sun reflecting off and through the spines. It adds another dimension to their beauty.

Understanding the natural habitat of a plant helps with how to care for them in our home. 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. They generally 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, rarely water in winter, keep in a bright sunny position to maintain shape indoors and out. Better to underwater than overwater. Cacti roots rot easily, and too much water can kill them. As more roots die, the stem starts to deteriorate, turning soft and changing colour.

Melbourne’s temperate climate, I like to think Mediterranean suits arid cacti, particularly in the warmer months. Winter, deserts get cold too, means that we just have to protect indoors by finding a warm spot with plenty of sunshine or outside against a warm northern wall that is protected. The hairy ones should be inside and most need protection from frost.

Corn Cob Cactus (Euphorbia) + Tapered Black Planter

$45.00

BOTANICAL NAME_ Euphorbia mammillaris (variegata), native to

AKA_ Indian Corn Cob Cactus

FEATURES_ Attractive clumping cactus with cream to green-emerald green variegated patterning.  Stems are thick, erect and ribbed with branching laterals.  Can be flushed with pink tips in cold weather adding to the aesthetic.

PLANT TRAITS_ Clustering variegated club like stems resembling a corn cob.

Golden Barrel Cactus + Terracotta Planter

$35.00

BOTANICAL NAME_ Echinocactus grusonii

AKA_also known as the golden barrel cactus, golden ball or mother-in-law’s cushion, hedgehog cactus, compass cactus

FEATURES_ The earthy rich colours of unglazed terracotta pairs beautifully with the deep greens of the golden barrel cactus and its glowing golden yellow ribs more apparent when the sun hits this beautiful plant .  The very popular Golden Barrel Cactus (Echinocactus grusonii) is a low maintenance, slow growing, sculptural plant to add to your collection or gift to someone. All are somewhat prickly which only adds a textural element to their overall appearance.

PLANT PERSONALITY_ Adaptable and strong.  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.

 

Ladyfinger Cactus + Tapered Black Planter

$55.00

BOTANICAL NAME_ Mammillaria elongata

AKA_ Ladyfinger Cactus, Lady Fingers, Golden Stars, Gold Lace Cactus.

FEATURES_ Gold, interlacing, star shaped ribs (spines) glow in the afternoon and morning sunlight.  This is a stunning feature of this plant so do yourself a favour and place in a position where you can watch the sun rise and go down over this plant. A beautiful, clumping cactus with long cylindrical ‘ladyfinger’ like stems. Perfectly paired with a black, contrasting, tapered planter which enhances the rich colours of the spines.

PLANT PERSONALITY_ The perfect gift for beginner cacti collectors and, for humour, give it to your favourite redheads, rangas and gingers or anyone who loves to steal the limelight with their effervescent personality.

Ladyfinger Cactus + Terracotta Planter

$35.00

BOTANICAL NAME_ Mammillaria elongata

AKA_ Ladyfinger Cactus, Lady Fingers, Golden Stars, Gold Lace Cactus.

FEATURES_ Gold, interlacing, star shaped ribs (spines) glow in the afternoon sunlight like a ginger beard.  A beautiful, clumping cactus with long cylindrical ‘ladyfinger’ like stems. Perfectly paired with a terracotta planter which enhances the rich colours of the spines.

PLANT PERSONALITY_ The perfect gift for beginner cacti collectors, redheads, rangas and gingers.

Mammillaria ‘Thumb Cactus’ + Cement Planter

$45.00

BOTANICAL NAME_ Mammillaria matudae. (Mexico)

AKA_ Thumb Cactus

FEATURES_ Mammillaria matudae is a columnar cactus from Mexico with perfect symmetry in its rib patterning. The green stems have conical tubercles that sprout spines. Its spines grow flat against the stem and are pure white.

PLANT PERSONALITY_ Minimalist aesthete. Thumb Cactus. The thumb represents the fire, as well as universal consciousness.  Under the Thumb – getting married.  Thumbs Up – Get Well Soon, Congratulations, All the Best, Go Well.  The thumb represents the brain. In the symbolism of the hand, the thumb is the symbol of the Child.

Old Lady Cactus + Cement Planter

$45.00

BOTANICAL NAME_ Mammillaria hahniana

AKA_ Old Lady Cactus

FEATURES_ Slow growing, compact solitary habit with a ring of fuschia pink flowers in Winter.  Will grow 12cm across by 20cm tall over 10 – 20 years.

PEOPLE PAIRING_ Birthday gift for grandma, mum or any milestone birthday for mature women to add a little a touch of humour to the occasion.

Powder Puff Cactus + Cement Planter

$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.

Powder Puff Cactus + Ribbed Planter

$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.