Dave Sends a Photo…

…of a giant blooming cactus he got from Cactus Jungle!

Thought you would enjoy

A picture of a cactus we brought from you two years ago.

Nice. That’s one of our Echinopsis grandiflora hybrids.

Butterfly Mango 

Echinopsis x grandiflora “Butterfly Mango” 

Another giant #cactus flower! Sweet. It’s a good spring for cactus flowers. 

Cactus Hybrids 

Our newest hybrid grandiflora is Echinopsis “Rocket Pink”. 


Cactus ID Is Difficult 


I recently purchased a cactus to put on my windowsill to brighten up my room a bit, my problem is that I threw away the container right after I repotted it and now I don’t know what it is exactly. Could you help me?

The pot it’s in in this picture is four inches across and the ends of the spines are a dark red color.

Thank you so much!



Hard to know for sure at that size, but I would guess a Gymnocalycium, although my 2nd guess would be a Ferocactus. If it blooms young, it’s probably a Gymnocalycium. Also, it looks like it could use more sun.


Blooming Cactus 

Rebutia heliosa v melanistic

Origin: Bolivia

“Short Spined” variety

Clustering small stems, variable red to magenta flowers, spiraling ribs with prominent tubercles. Elongate areoles. Short, tiny brown spines. Purple-tinged stems in full sun.

Full Sun to Part Sun
Ultra Soil Blend
Low Water

Size: Clusters of 1″ stems

Medusa Cactus

Ben brought in his gorgeous specimen Astrophytum caput-medusae, although he prefers to go by the name Digitostigma caput-medusae, which is considered a non-recognized name by the science boards that decide these things.

Ben says we may have some available to sell at the Cactus Jungle in a year or two. Nice! Thanks, Ben.

The horns are the cactus’ tubercles, i.e. what in most cactus are little bumps on or along the stems, here have gone wild and formed these giant spotted horns.

And the flower is cresting! Another closeup of the flower after the jump… Read More…


Our first epi flower  of the year has opened and its red! Cactus flowers for everyone!

San Pedro Cactus, California

We’ve had such stunning blossoms from this cactus we purchased from you 3 years ago. Thought you’d like to see our biggest crop yet! The photo was taken today.

Carol, Los Altos Hills, CA

Rock Cactus 

Ariocarpus fissuratus is a geophytic star-shaped cactus from Texas. This one is pretty old, and the most perfect flower I’ve ever seen on an Ariocarpus. Won’t generally bloom unless they’re 10 plus years old. I’d guess this one is closer to 20.

Eve’s Needles

Austrocylindropuntia subulata bloom at the Cactus Jungle. Everyone loves a cactus flower!

Origin: Peru, Argentina And Bolivia<

Description: Andean tree cholla gets 12 feet tall in habitat but can reach 25 feet in Bay Area, tubular leaves, long spines. Creates a very effective living fence. The fruit often drop and root in place.

We’re Back!

That’s been a bit of awhile. But the blog is redesigned, the whole Cactus Jungle site is redesigned, and now we’re back!

Here, have a plant!

Echinocereus enneacanthus ssp brevispinus
Strawberry Cactus
Texas, New Mexico; Mexico

Description: Clusters of 2-4″ stems. Strawberry-red flowers. Rot-prone – keep dry in winter.

Hardy to 10F
Full Sun
Low Water

Weedy Cactus

Jess slowly weeding the spiniest of cactus! Photobombed by Jeremiah! Nice.

Hybrid Cactus


That’s a beautiful Denmoza x Cleistocactus hybrid! Sweet.

As seen at the Huntington Gardens in Pasadena.

Playing with Cactus

Musicians have been playing with cactus ever since John Cage wrote a piece for cactus many years ago. Probably people were playing cactus even longer ago than that, but there you go – John Cage gets all the credit.

Farkas, 30, plays percussion

instruments such as marimba and snare drum, but nothing captures attention like playing the spines of a cactus in a pot….


As strange as it may sound to others, Farkas said, cactus playing is a thing in the percussion world — mostly thanks to avant-garde composer and music theorist John Cage. Cage’s “Child of Tree,” composed in 1975, uses instruments made of plant materials, including the cactus. 

Best if all this particular article comes with instructions! Now you can know how to play the cactus yourself!

How to Play the Cactus

1. Get a cactus with long, evenly spread spines.

2. Make a contact microphone using a piezoelectric transducer, plug it into an amplifier and attach it to one of the cactus spines.

3. Use your fingers or other objects to pluck or rub the spines to create sound. Bonus points for rhythm without injury.


Cactus Flower


Another picture of a Parodia nivosa in bloom. So much pretty.

And a bonus photo! Of a perfect fall day in Central Park in New York. Nice!



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