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A Field Guide to Cactus and Succulent Flowers

Updated: Nov 23


Cactus Flowers

Cactus and succulent flowers exhibit a remarkable beauty that captivates the imagination. These resilient plants, often associated with arid environments, produce exquisite blooms that defy expectations. From the vibrant hues of the desert rose to the delicate petals of the echeveria, their flowers display an array of colors and shapes that can rival any traditional garden blossom.


What sets cactus and succulent flowers apart is their ability to thrive in harsh conditions, conserving water and flourishing in dry climates. Their unique adaptations enable them to produce striking blooms that are both visually stunning and marvels of nature's ingenuity. Whether it's the majestic night-blooming cereus or the dainty flowers of the haworthia, cactus and succulent flowers truly exemplify the incredible diversity and resilience found in the plant kingdom.



Last updated: 11/23/23


COUNT: 33 - Stay tuned, more flowers are to come with each outing.

Aeonium Simsii Type: Succulent Native to: Canary Islands Bloom: Spring Color: Yellow



African Spurge Cactus Type: Cactus Native to: Morocco Bloom: Spring, Summer Color: Yellow Note: Poisonous



​​​Apple Cactus Type: Cactus Native to: Peru Bloom: Spring, Summer Color: White, Pink, Yellow



Arrojadoa Type: Cactus Native to: Brazil Bloom: Spring Color: Pink, Purple, Red Note: Flowers only last for a few days



Ball Cactus Type: Cactus Native to: Brazil Bloom: Summer Color: Yellow



Ballon Cactus Type: Cactus Native to: Brazil Bloom: Summer Color: Yellow



Bishops Cap Type: Cactus Native to: Mexico Bloom: Summer Color: Red, Orange, Yellow Note: can take up to six years to flower



Blue Yucca Type: Succulent Native to: Mexico Bloom: Spring, Summer Color: White, Yellow




​​Cactus Geranium Type: Succulent Native to: South Africa Bloom: Spring Color: Pink, White



Candelabra Aloe Type: Succulent Native to: South Africa Bloom: Winter Color: Red, Orange



Candelabra Cactus Type: Cactus Native to: Mexico Bloom: Spring, Summer Color: White



Cardon Grande Cactus Type: Cactus Native to: South Africa Bloom: Winter Color: White, Pink, Red



Chaparral Pricklypear Type: Cactus Native to: Southern California Bloom: Spring, Summer Color: Orange, Red, Yellow



Cleistocactus (hybrid) Type: Cactus Native to: Bolivia and Argentina Bloom: Spring Color: Pink, White Note: flowers last 2-3 days



Clumping Small Barrel Cactus Type: Cactus Native to: Mexico Bloom: Summer Color: Orange, Yellow, White, Purple



Coastal Purple Puya Type: Succulent Native to: Andes Bloom: Spring Color: Blue



Cochineal Nopal Cactus Type: Cactus Native to: Mexico Bloom: Spring Color: Red, Pink



Crown Cactus Type: Cactus Native to: Bolivia and Argentina Bloom: Spring Color: Red, Orange, Yellow, Pink



Crown of Thorns Type: Succulent Native to: Africa Bloom: Spring, Summer, Fall Color: Red, Orange, Yellow, Pink, White



Delosperma Type: Succulent Native to: Africa Bloom: Spring Color: Pink, Yellow, White, Purple



Hildewinteria Aureispina Type: Cactus Native to: Bolivia Bloom: Spring, Summer Color: Pink, Red



Ladyfinger Cactus Type: Cactus Native to: North America Bloom: Spring, Summer Color: Pink, Purple



Purple Heart Type: Succulent Native to: Mexico Bloom: Fall Color: Pink, Purple Note: Toxic to Pets



Puya Violacea Type: Succulent Native to: Chile Bloom: Spring, Summer Color: Blueish Black, Purple



​​​Queen of the Night Type: Cactus Native to: Central & South America Bloom: Spring, Summer Color: Pink, Red, Orange Note: Only blooms at night and is gone by morning



Saucer Cactus Type: Cactus Native to: South America Bloom: Spring, Summer Color: Pink, Red, Orange



​​Sierra Sunrise Type: Succulent Native to: Mediterranean Bloom: Spring, Summer Color: Pink, Purple, White



Soaptree Yucca Type: Succulent Native to: Western United States Bloom: Spring, Summer Color: White



Spiny Pincushion Cactus Type: Cactus Native to: Mexico Bloom: Spring, Summer, Fall Color: Pink, Purple



Thumb Cactus Type: Cactus Native to: Mexico Bloom: Spring, Summer Color: Pink



​​Thickstem Milkbush Type: Succulent Native to: Africa Blooms: Spring Color: Green, Yellow



​​​White Knight Cactus Type: Cactus Native to: Brazil Blooms: Late Summer Color: White, Purple, Pink, Yellow



Whipple cholla Type: Cactus Native to: Western United States Bloom: Spring, Summer Color: Green, Yellow





Stay tuned, more flowers are to come with each outing.


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