The Most Elegant Indoor Cacti You Can Have at Home

Greek term kaktos, which means “Spiky Herbs,” is the source of the English word “cactus.” It is a succulent plant that usually grows in dry areas, like deserts. Due to its capacity to retain water in its stem or foliage, it can survive in dry areas because of its drought tolerance. Cacti are low-maintenance plants that you can have at home. It requires only a tiny amount of water and the sun. Easy to maintain and beautiful additions to any space in the house, indoor cacti are a terrific choice. Not only will it aid you greatly, but it will also improve the aesthetics of your home.

The Benefits of Cactus in Your Home

Same as other indoor plants, cacti also contribute lots of benefits. It is not only therapeutic, but can also lower stress and anxiety, purify the air in the room, minimize background noise, and increase humidity in the room. These are only some of the many benefits a cactus can provide to your home.

Types of Cacti You Can Have at Home

Cactaceae, the scientific name of cactus, has much variety that comes in different shapes, sizes, and colors. Some of it grows lovely flowers that signify solid maternal love. Here are some of the gorgeous indoor cacti you can have at home:


1. Fairy Castle Cactus

Its scientific name is Acanthocereus tetragonus, native to North, South, and Central Americas. The fairy castle cactus is known for its castle-type appearance, which comes in many vertical stems of varying heights that resemble spires and turrets. It is suitable for indoor plants because it is a slow-growing cactus that will only reach about 6 meters tall. When rightly placed near the sun, it can produce a beautiful yellowish flower on the tip of its stem. The color of its stem is green, which will eventually turn brown when it ages.

2. Barrel Cactus

It is also known as the golden barrel cactus with the scientific name Echinocactus Grusonii. The Echinocactus and the Ferrocactus are the two genus types of barrel cactus. The Echinocactus features a fuzzy crown of delicate spines, while the Ferrocactus is fiercely thorny. This type of cactus can live for many decades and can grow to be 3 m tall if kept indoors. It requires minimal watering and direct sunlight, but barrel cactus can also survive with indirect sunlight. That is why it is ideal for decorations at home. In addition, it is native to the Southwestern United States with the nickname “mother-in-law cushion.”

3. Coral Cactus

Euphorbia Lactea is the scientific name of this type of cactus. It has many names like mottled spurge, dragon bones tree, false cactus, and frilled fan. The Coral Cactus is well-known for its massive, fan-like growth with pink undertones that resemble corals in the deep sea. Originally from tropical Asia, Euphorbia Lactea is a type of spurge. It is grown as an outdoor ornamental plant in its native habitat that can reach up to 16 feet, but it may also be grown as a houseplant in temperate climates that only reach 2 feet, just like a small tree, especially when you put it in a container.

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4. Star Cactus

Astrophytum Asterias is also known as sand dollar cactus, sea urchin cactus, and star peyote. It is native to a tiny area of Texas in the United States and Mexico. This type of cactus resembles the stars that can only grow up to six inches tall. It is excellent for placing near a window in your office or bedroom for direct sunlight. Star Cactus is one of the easiest cacti to propagate that can bloom a single yellow flower. It does not have spines, but its stem has tiny white hairs.

5. Angel Wing Cactus

The Angel Wing Cactus or the bunny ears have the scientific name Opuntia Microdasys. This type of Mexican native plant is one of the famous small cacti ideals for an indoor houseplant. It has a highly adorable form that mimics bunny ears and can grow to be 2 to 5 feet tall. The star cactus, which lacks a spine, is similar to the angel wing cactus in appearance. Instead, it contains clumps of hair that are either white, red, or pale yellow.

6. Moon Cactus

It is a Man-made cactus, combining Gymnocalycium and a rootstock cactus, such as Hylocereus. It comes in red, orange, pink and yellow. Although, compared to other cacti, the Moon Cactus’s lifespan is short and can only survive with minimal water and indirect sunlight.

Bottom Line

These are only some of the elegant cacti you take care of inside your home. Cacti will not only enhance your design at home but also provide several health advantages for your well-being. Remember that even though these plants are simple to care for, they require only infrequent watering. Furthermore, it is essential to understand its requirements and where it should be placed for a long lifespan.


Richard Miller

Salute everyone. It's Richard, the author of this Succulent & Xeriscaping blog. I am a traveler and a nature lover looking for a connection with the wild green. In my journey, I found a love for succulents and xeriscaping. What attracts me is the long-lasting & unique beauty of every plant I have the chance to see with my own eyes. Welcome to my little blog and let's enjoy a good time together!

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