Cacti are some of the most interesting plants on the planet. Almost every species is unique its own way. Most of them are easy to grow indoors and capable of surviving a wide range of climates. Here’s a list of some of the most unique cacti you can grow indoors.
Also known as the bunny ear cactus, this low-growing cactus originates from Northern Mexico but is now a common piece of living décor in many homes across the world. It is called the bunny ear cactus because it has no central stem but is instead composed of many different oval shaped pads. They greatly resemble bunny ears or the ears of a certain cartoon mouse. It is also sometimes called the polka-dot cactus.
Caput medusae roughly translates to “head of Medusa.” If you’re familiar with Greek lore, this is the woman cursed by Aphrodite to live with snakes on her head for hair. The Medusa’s head plant, as it is also known, got this name because of its many tubular stems that grow and curve in different directions resembling snakes. It is tough to grow this plant inside, but if you can manage it is unique and rewarding.
The goat’s horn cactus is a somewhat rare cactus that is very tolerant to drought and a variety of different climates. It looks very strange with a dull, greyish color, egg-shaped stem, and dozens of curved spikes. However, once it flowers it produces a very beautiful yellow flower with red in the center.
A big name for a small cactus. It is more commonly known as the sea urchin cactus, the star cactus, or the sand dollar cactus. This particular cactus is native to the United States and Central America. It is small, spineless, and round. The body is then divided into several segments, which creates the appearance of a star on top of the cactus.
This strange and unique cactus is called “old man of the mountain” because of its many long, grey hairs. It originates from the Andes area of South America. These cacti can grow up to ten feet tall if planted outdoors, but when grown in a container they tend to remain much smaller. It thrives in cooler temperatures with little water.
The echinocereus is actually an entire genus of cacti and most are referred to as a hedgehog cactus. They are perfect for beginners because of their small size. They are small, bushy, and have long, curved spines. Their flowers are bright red and many of them are edible as well as the fruits they produce. The flowers also tend to survive longer than most other cacti.
The Christmas cactus is as unique as it is beautiful. It is a hanging cactus that produces very bright and vivid flowers that may be red, yellow, pink, or orange. They tend to grow hanging from trees in the wild in areas with high humidity but can survive perfectly well hanging indoors. The flowers usually grow horizontally from the plant and the top side of the flower grows differently from the bottom side.