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Cactus of the Month

Balloon Cactus

Notocactus magnificus 'Balloon Cactus' is a bluish-green, geometric, globular cactus that grows in clusters. Its yellow spines provide a beautiful contrast up each rib of the cactus. Balloon Cactus blooms with brilliant yellow flowers in summer to early fall months.

Peruvian Old Lady

Espostoa melanostele in its natural habitat it slowly grows up to 7 feet (2.1 m) tall, but raised in a pot it will reach up to 10 inches (25 cm) in 10 years. Even at a very young age, the cactus displays an abundance of long woolly spines that cover and hide the body of the plant including sharp white, yellow or red spines up to 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) long. As the cactus matures all the spines become darker. The stems are erect and columnar and branch at the base to form a clumps. Flowers are rare but are white, up to 2 inches (5 cm) wide, and nocturnal. Berry-like fruits are produced with edible dull black seeds inside.

Blue Barrel

This is native to the limestone hills of Hidalgo, Mexico. It is a spherical or cylindrical cactus. It is growing to 60 cm in diameter, and height up to 45 cm. It has long yellow spines. Its blooms yellow flowers in summer and the flowers last a very long time. The plants start blooming flowers when they are about 13 cm in diameter. Its fruits color is white with dry flowers.

Echinecerenerus Rididissimus

Echinocereus rigidissimus, commonly known as the Arizona Rainbow Cactus or Rainbow Hedgehog Cactus is a solitary, growing cactus, that rarely branches or offsets with age. Echinocereus rigidissimus grows to a height of up to 30 cm, and a width of 11 cm when mature, with pectinate radial spines curved slightly towards the stem, the new spines are initially reddish to magenta and fades to a yellow or light pink colour when they mature. Echinocereus rigidissimus, flowers in flushes throughout the spring season, with multiple buds borne atop the plant from younger areoles, the flowers are bright pink in colour with a white coloured throat.

Old Lady

Mammillaria hahniana is a sun-loving cactus that forms large groups. It grows up to 10 inches (25 cm) tall and up to 20 inches (50 cm) broad. The solitary spherical stems, up to 5 inches (12.5 cm) in diameter, are covered in white down and white spines. Reddish purple flowers, up to 0.6 inches (15 mm) in diameter, are borne in spring and summer, sometimes forming a complete ring around the apex of the plant.

Cactus of the Month

Mammillaria Spinosissima

Mammillaria spinosissima is a cactus with cylindrical, dark blue-green stem, up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall and up to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter, almost hidden under a dense covering of spines. Flowers from the upper part of the plant in a ring shape around the apex, purplish or deep-pink, up to 0.8 inch (2 cm) long and up to 0.6 inch

Ferocactus Latispinus Devils Tongue Barrel

Stunning variety of barrel cactus that blooms at an early age. New young spines are a dramatic shade of pink, in striking contrast to the blue gray foliage. Excellent accent specimen for a waterwise rock garden or xeriscape, and thrives in containers.

Echinopsis Subdenudatum Dominoes

Echinopsis subdenudata is a pretty little cactus. The stem is globose to elongate up to 12 inches (30 cm) high with 8 to 12 -ribs, sometimes offsetting and sometimes not. It is almost spineless or with very short cream spines. The flowers are fragrant, white funnel-shaped, with long tubes, up to 9 inches (22 cm) long. It blooms from late spring to all summer long, the flowers open on the morning of the first day and remain opened all the night long but last only one day in full beauty, at the second day they start to wither.

Mammilaria Carmenae

Mammillaria carmenae is a species of flowering plant in the family Cactaceae. It is native to Tamaulipas state, in eastern central Mexico. It grows to 8 cm tall by 15 cm broad. The clustered egg-shaped stems, 3–4 cm thick, are covered in creamy yellow down and bristles.

Mammillaria nejapensis “Silver Arrows”

Becomes slightly columnar to 6" in height, branching dichotomously (each single stem begins to divide to form two stems) to form large clusters. Related to Mammillaria karwinskiana. Flowers are pale yellow with reddish midstripe on each petal. Requires excellent drainage from porous cactus soil. Prefers bright light with ample airflow. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. Protect from frost.