A few people have asked me what the cacti were that I bought the other day at Lowe’s. Luckily, they were all labeled, so it was quite easy to throw together this gallery of beauty shots.
|Ball cactus (Parodia magnifica), native to Brazil, |
flowers yellow in late spring
|Closeup of Parodia magnifica|
|8x8 inch cactus bowl. Everything in there was on sale at Lowe’s.|
Back: Facheiro azul (Pilosocereus pachycladus) (2x)
Front: Caterpillar plant (Echinopsis sp. forma cristata)
Facheiro azul (Pilosocereus pachycladus), frost-sensitive, native to Brazil,
You’ve gotta love the common name
|Second cactus bowl |
Back: old man of the mountain (Oreocereus trollii)
Front: (Mammillaria elongata 'Julio')
I’m leaving room for either another succulent
or some special rocks as yet to be found.
Mammillaria elongata 'Julio'.
|Old lady cactus (Mammillaria hahniana), hardy to 20°F, easy to grow—good starter cactus|
|Closeup of Mammillaria hahniana. |
I wonder why it’s called “old lady cactus”???
The final two aren’t from Lowe’s but from UC Berkeley Botanical Garden. I’m including them because a) they’re small, and b) they’re too funky to ignore.
|Silver Torch (Cleistocactus straussii), native to Bolivia and Argentina, |
hardy to 14°F.
|Closeup of od man of the Andes (Oreocereus celsianus). A cactus with “oreo” in its name has got to be good!|
All of these cacti are small, and while I keep them outside, they could just as easily be kept indoors on a window sill or another location that receives sunlight for at least 4 hours a day. I used to have cacti in my room when I was young (I was into horror novels, too, so I’m sure people thought I was weird), and I’m excited to have rediscovered cacti now.