When looking for a hedgehog cactus with beautiful flowers, one of the first choices should be Echinocereus pectinatus (ek-in-oh-SER-ee-us pek-tin-AY-tus).The scientific name literally translates to “comb hedgehog”, a common name referring to the comb-like spines on its sides.Some common names include:Rainbow cactusTexas rainbow cactusRuby rainbowLace cactusPurple candle cactusÓrgano-pequeño PeineWhat makes this member of the Cactaceae family so special is the wide range of colors the spines may exhibit.
Category Cactus - Succulents
The Hatiora salicornioides is a unique, decorative houseplant native to South America.It’s an epiphytic cactus-like Rhipsalis, which means it can grow on other plants.Hatiora Salicornioides Quick Care GuideBotanical Name: Hatiora salicornioides – hat-ee-OR-uh sal-eye-korn-ee-OY-deez Common Names: Dancing Bones Cactus, Drunkard’s Dream, Spice Cactus, Bottle CactusFamily & Origin: Cactaceae – South AmericaGrowability: Easy growing and careGrow Zone: USDA Hardiness zone 9-11Size: Up to 20″ inches tallFlowering: Yellow flowers on the tips – March – MayLight: Bright morning and evening indirect lightTemperature: Room temperatures of 72° degrees FahrenheitSoil: Cactus mix with optimal drainageWater: Allow soil to dry out slightly between wateringFertilizer: Liquid fertilizer during growing seasonPests & Diseases: More cultural problems than insect attacksPropagation: CuttingsGrooming: Trim back if plants grows too largeUses: Potted as a stand alone specimenCaring For Hatiora SalicornioidesThe name pronounced as hat-ee-OR-uh sal-eye-korn-ee-OY-deez and belongs to the Cactaceae family of cacti, another synonym is Hatiora bambusoides.
Pachyveria (pak-ee-VER-ee-uh) is a hybrid belonging to the Crassulaceae family.This succulent plant is characterized by thick, fleshy leaves, loves full sun and gets its name from the Latin word for thick – pachy.The appearance of Pachyveria is similar to its parent plants Pachyphytum and Echeveria types.
The Rat Tail cactus the common name for (Aporocactus flagelliformis) or (Disocactus flagelliformis) is one of several slender, attractive outdoor succulent plants with long flexible, branching, hanging stems about ½” inch in diameter.Bristly “hair” covers the limp stems which can be trained into many shapes and forms.
Othonna capensis (oh-THON-nuh ka-PEN-sis) hails from South Africa and is a member of the sunflower family (Asteraceae).The Othonna plant has several common names. In English, it is often referred to as :OthonnaRuby NecklaceLittle PicklesIn Africa, Othonna capensis “Little Pickles” is commonly known as “Bobbejaankool.
Pleiospilos nelii (plee-oh-SPIL-os) is a flowering succulent plant hailing from South Africa.The genus Pleiospilos plant name comes from two Greek words: first ‘pleios’, means many and the second part, ‘spilos’ means spot.It is a member of the Aizoaceae (ay-zoh-AY-see-ee) family and often confused with Lithops (living stones).
Astrophytum asterias ass-troh-FY-tum ass-TEER-ee-as is a cactus with a disc-shaped body and multiple ribs with white scales.Due to its distinct appearance, the plant has several common names:Sand dollar cactusSea urchin cactusStar cactusAstrophytum asterias is part of the Cactaceae family and the Astrophytum genus.
The Huernia plant (life saver plant) is one of the most unusual groups of succulents. The Huernia cactus produces alien-looking five-lobed flowers.The genus Huernia includes at about 45 species of plants and is closely related to the Stapelia plant genus.As with the Stapeliads, the flowers of “Huernia Stapelia” plants produce unpleasant odors.
Pachyphytum compactum (pak-ee-FY-tum kom-PAK-tum) is a perennial succulent plant from the family Crassulaceae.The genus Pachyphytum, literally means “thick leaves” in Greek. The hardy succulent is native to Mexico, specifically the states of Queretaro and Hidalgo.Pachyphytum compactum features short stems and tightly branched leaves forming a closely-set rosette near the top.
The hedgehog cactus, Echinocereus (ek-in-oh-KER-ee-us) is a ribbed, cylindrical cactus plant and part of the family Cactaceae and genus Echinocereus.The hedgehog plant name comes from the Greek ‘echinos’ meaning porcupine. The Latin word ‘cereus,’ means candle and is a reference to the shape of the plant’s floral tube.
Growing and propagating your own cactus and succulent plants is a very rewarding process. There’s a lot to love about potted plants of cactus and succulents – they have an unusual and diverse range of growth forms.First, you have the desert cactus, the most popular type that immediately springs to mind whenever anyone mentions “cactus.
Aptenia cordifolia (ap-TEE-nee-uh kor-dif-FOLE-ee-uh) is a succulent perennial and member of the Fig-marigold family Aizoaceae along with mid-day flowers and baby toes succulent.The Aptenia cordifolia plant hails from South Africa in the rainfall regions and the coastal areas in the Eastern Cape of Africa.
Myrtillocactus Geometrizans (mir-til-oh-KAK-tus, jee-oh-MET-rih-zans), also known by the scientific names of:Cereus GeometrizansMyrtillocactus GrandiareolatusMyrtillocactus Geometrizans (Mart. Ex Pfeiff.)It is a member of the family Cactaceae and the best-known species of the genus Myrtillocactus.Myrtillocactus comes from the Greek word myrtillus, which means small myrtle, and cactus.
Rosary vine (Ceropegia woodii variegata) is a very easy houseplant to grow. It has many common names. You may also hear it referred to as:Sweetheart VineHearts EntangledString of HeartsChain of HeartsRosary PlantThis unusual, hardy vining succulent produces pretty, variegated, heart-shaped leaves on tough, wire-like stems.
One of the most popular cultivars of Graptoveria (grap-toh-VER-ree-uh), ‘Opalina’ was created in 1988 by California-based succulent breeder Robert Grim and became an instant sensation.It’s a hybrid of Graptopetalum amethystinum and Echeveria colorata var. Colorata and is closely related to another of Grim’s hybrids, ‘Blush’.
Commonly called ball cactus due to its shape, Parodia par-ROH-dee-uh is a large genus of flowering cactus plants and belong to the family Cactaceae.While most commonly appearing in a globular shape, these cacti also come in barrel shapes.The genus Parodia consists of around 50 species of showy bluish-green columnar cacti.
Rebutia fiebrigii ray-BEW-tee-uh, fi-BREE-gil is an interesting little flowering cactus. This South American plant belongs to the genus Rebutia.In the wild, Rebutia cacti are found in the hills and mountains of Argentina and BoliviaIt’s an ornamental plant popular for its flowers.It produces an abundance of colorful petals covering its spherical growth.
Mammillaria plumosa (mam-mil-AR-ee-uh plum-OH-suh) is a member of the plant family Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-eye) hailing from Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The plant is commonly referred to as Feather Cactus because of its soft, downy appearance.In its native environment, Mammillaria plumosa is a perennial. If planted outdoors away from its home desert, these cacti are best used as annuals.
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Mammillaria gracilis mam-mil-AR-ee-uh, GRASS-il-is is an attractive succulent native to Central Mexico.The Mammillaria plant genus has around 300 species of highly variable forms.A highly prized cactus succulent among collectors and gardeners, mammillaria gracilis fragilis is loved for their desirable traits in cultivation, visually appealing appearance and are generally treated as houseplants.
Melocactus mel-oh-KAK-tus is a genus of cacti belonging to the Cactaceae family and native to the Caribbean.This genus has about 30 – 40 species of which Melocactus matanzanus is the most popular variety, was initially named Cactus Melocactus in 1753 by Swedish botanist, Carl Linnaeus.The common name Turks Cap refers to the wool-covered sphere at the top of the plant which resembles the traditional Turkish fez hat popular during the Ottoman rule.