Cacti are immensely popular amongst home decorators and plant enthusiasts alike. That said, even those who claim to have a large collection of cacti often don’t know the difference between one cactus and another. Cactus identification is not usually second nature, and usually requires a bit of education. As one might expect, some cacti are more popular than others, with many being quite recognizable.
One of the most popular verities of cacti, Gymnocalycium Cultivars are distinguished by the extremely bright pink thorned “flower” that grows atop them. The pink color comes from a lack of chlorophyll. Typically, this cactus is grafted to a green stalk, which allows it to grow in the earth. Gymnocalycium Cultivars are essential additions to any collection of cacti.
Like the Gymnocalycium Cultivar, the Echinopsis Chamaecereus Cultivar lacks chlorophyll, which gives it its distinct fuzzy yellow appearance. One should not be fooled by the looks of this cactus however, as its fuzziness is actually a series of extremely sharp thorns. This cactus grows atop a green stalk, as it would not be able to survive on its own due to its lack of chlorophyll.
Pilosocereus Pachycladus is quite possibly the most common column-shaped cactus available, with quite an extensive history of commercial growing. This cactus grows a unique and attractive blue. This type of cactus is commonly found in collections of those who don’t even know they have one!
This cactus is commonly referred to as the “fairy castle” variety, as it grows in clusters that resemble medieval castles. Cereus Tetragonus doesn’t occur in the wild, but is commonly grown commercially. Although Cereus Tetragonus does not typically flower, the cactus’s attractive appearance and ability to grow upright makes it a popular option for those who wish to build a collection of cacti.