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Species Native To North America

Exploring the Vibrant World of North American Cactus Species with Desert Plants


Welcome to Desert Plants, your one-stop destination for all things cactus! Today, we're diving into the fascinating world of North American cactus species. These unique plants are not only visually stunning but also possess remarkable adaptations to thrive in arid environments. 


At Desert Plants, we take pride in offering a wide range of cacti, including some of the most captivating species native to North America. Join us as we embark on an exciting journey through ten extraordinary cactus varieties!


Lophophora Williamsii (Peyote):

Let's kick off our cactus tour with a true icon—the Peyote cactus. Lophophora Williamsii, commonly known as Peyote, is a small, spineless cactus found primarily in the Chihuahuan Desert. This species holds significant cultural and spiritual importance to various indigenous communities and has a rich history of traditional use.


Mammillaria Plumosa:

Get ready for a fluffy surprise with the Mammillaria Plumosa, also known as Feather Cactus. This adorable cactus sports soft, feather-like spines that give it a delightfully fluffy appearance. Originating from north-eastern Mexico, it adds a touch of whimsy to any cactus collection.


Opuntia Santa Rita:

Now, let's turn our attention to the Opuntia Santa Rita, also called the Santa Rita Prickly Pear. Known for its striking purple coloration, this cactus species adds a vibrant pop to the desert landscape. Its pads are flat and wide, and it produces gorgeous yellow flowers that turn into edible fruit.


Ariocarpus Retusus:

Next up, we have the Ariocarpus Retusus, also known as Star Rock. Its compact, triangular tubercles form an impressive rosette, which surprisingly blend seamlessly into its natural surroundings. Found in the rocky regions of Texas and north-eastern Mexico, this cactus species is a true marvel of nature.


Astrophytum Myriostigma:

Prepare to be mesmerised by the beauty of Astrophytum Myriostigma, commonly called Bishop's Cap or Star Cactus. With its star-shaped markings and distinctive ridges, this cactus is sure to capture your attention. Native to northern Mexico and parts of Texas, it thrives in well-drained soil and can reach impressive heights.


Strombocactus Discoformis:

Prepare to be enchanted by the Strombocactus Discoformis, a cactus that looks like it belongs in a fairy tale. Its spherical shape, covered in tubercles and woolly spines, creates a whimsical aesthetic. Native to north-eastern Mexico, this cactus is a charming addition to any garden or indoor space.


Turbinicarpus Beguinii:

The Turbinicarpus Beguinii, also known as the Button Cactus, is a petite and adorable cactus species. Native to Mexico, it features compact, globular bodies adorned with numerous tubercles and small spines. Its vibrant flowers, ranging from pink to white, make it a delightful sight to behold.


Thelocactus Bicolor:

The Thelocactus Bicolor, or Rainbow Cactus, is a true masterpiece of nature. Found in the arid regions of northern Mexico and southwestern Texas, this cactus exhibits a stunning range of colours, including vibrant pinks, purples, and greens. Its eye-catching appearance makes it a favourite among collectors.


Obregonia Denegrii:

Allow us to introduce you to the Obregonia Denegrii, commonly known as Artichoke Cactus. As the name suggests, this unique cactus resembles a small, spiky artichoke. It hails from the highlands of Mexico and has a slow growth rate, making it a remarkable addition to any cactus enthusiast's collection.


Epithelantha micromeris:

Last but certainly not least, we have the Epithelantha micromeris, also known as the Button Cactus or Ping Pong Ball Cactus. This tiny cactus native to Mexico and the southwestern United States produces small white flowers and distinctive red fruits, creating a unique and captivating display.

Check out our previous article here.

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