Cactus

+10 types of cactus for terrace or balcony

Cacti are plants that, despite the harsh conditions they have to face in their places of origin to survive, produce really beautiful flowers. There are those who think that the colors of their petals are so vivid it is because they attract their pollinators more easily, since as it rains so little and it is so hot, there are few plants that we can find in those places.

Therefore, it is important that, in order to ensure the existence of the next generation, insects are able to find the flowers. But of course, in cultivation they do not usually have so many problems, and less if you have types of cactus that, due to their size, are ideal for balconies, terraces and/ or patios.

Astrophytum asterias

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The asterias Astrophytum is a species endemic cactus without thorns US and Mexico that develops a spherical stem and flattened diameter of 10 centimeters by 5 centimeters tall. Its flowers are 6 centimeters in diameter and are white.

Copiapoa humilis

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The Copiapoa humilis, known as humildito, is a species of cactus endemic to Chile. It usually grows in groups of globose-cylindrical stems of about 4-5 centimeters in diameter by 10 centimeters in height, although it also grows alone (a single stem). Its flowers measure 3-4 centimeters, are yellow and have a good smell.

Coryphanta compact

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The Coryphantha compacta is an endemic cactus from Mexico that forms a single globose stem up to 7 centimeters high by 5-9 centimeters in diameter covered with thorns. It produces small flowers of 2 centimeters, and yellow in color.

Echinocereus rigidissimus

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The Echinocereus rigidissimus is endemic columnar cactus of Mexico and New Mexico with a spherical stem and covered cylindrical radial spines completely harmless. Its maximum height is 30 centimeters, but it takes -many- years to reach it. The flowers are magenta in color, rarely white, and are 6 to 9 centimeters in diameter.

Echinopsis oxygona

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The Echinopsis oxygona is a kind of endemic cactus of Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia and Uruguay. It develops spherical stems 5 to 25 centimeters high by 5-7 centimeters in diameter. It produces fragrant funnel-shaped white, pale pink or lavender flowers that are 5-6 centimeters wide.

Epiphyllum oxypetalum

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The Epiphyllum oxypetalum, known as dama de noche, is a species of epiphytic cactus native of South America of the North, Central America and northern South America. The stems are flattened, up to 10 centimeters wide by up to 5 millimeters thick. The flowers are white, nocturnal, highly perfumed, and measure up to 25 centimeters in diameter.

Escobaria laredoi

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The Escobaria laredoi is endemic cactus of Mexico growing colony forming elongated stems spherical with a diameter of 4 to 4.5 centimeters and a height of 5.8 centimeters. The flowers are about a centimeter in diameter, and are lavender in color.

Frailea castanea

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The Frailea castanea is an endemic cactus from Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. Its stem is solitary, globular in shape, dark reddish to brown in color, and measures 3-4 centimeters in diameter by 3 centimeters in height. It produces yellow flowers up to 4 centimeters in diameter.

Gymnocalycium baldianum

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The Gymnocalycium baldianum is a cactus native to Argentina. It develops a solitary, globose stem that measures 4-10 centimeters in height by 6-7 centimeters in diameter. Sometimes it can tiller, that is, produce suckers from the areolas, but it is rare. Its flowers are red and measure 3-5 centimeters in diameter.

Mammillaria feathery

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The Mammillaria feathery, popularly known as feathery biznaga, is an endemic cactus of Mexico. It forms groups of cylindrical stems whose height and diameter are 6-7 centimeters. Its flowers are small, 12 to 16 millimeters long, and yellowish in color.

Rebutia pulvinosa

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The Rebutia pulvinosa, formerly called Rebutia albiflora is a species endemic cactus of Tarija, in Bolivia. It grows in groups of spherical stems with a diameter of 1.8 to 2.5 centimeters and an approximate height of 4-5 centimeters. The spines are white and short, about 5 millimeters long. The flowers are white and are about 2 centimeters in diameter.

Rhipsalis baccifera

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The Rhipsalis baccifera is an epiphytic cactus known as the Cuban disciplinary originating from Central and South America. It develops hanging stems with a length of up to 1 meter by a thickness of one centimeter. The flowers are like little balls, white.

Schlumbergera truncata

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The Schlumbergera truncata, whose common name is Christmas cactus is endemic to Brazil. Its stems are flattened, green, and with very short spines, with a length of 30 centimeters and about 20 centimeters in height. It produces flowers of various colors, such as white, purple, red or pink.

Turbinicarpus viereckii

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The Turbinicarpus viereckii is a species of cactus endemic to Mexico. It forms globose stems protected with thorns with a height of about 5 centimeters and a diameter of 2-3 centimeters. Its flowers are small, about 3 centimeters, white, pink or red.

What do you think of these types of cacti? Which one did you like the most? If you want to know what the general care of these plants is, click here:

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