25 Best Indoor Cactus Plants for Home

Indoor Cactus Plants are trending, they’re most sought after these days and becoming an integral part of modern home decor!

Cacti are gaining a strong following from the houseplant admirers, thanks to their unique spiny skin and attractive twisty shapes, which makes them look like they were sculpted by mother nature personally to show how creative she could be! And, if you too want to grow them in your home, start with these 25 low care and most popular indoor cactus plants.

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Best Indoor Cactus Plants

1. Bunny Ear

Botanical Name: Opuntia microdasys

Hailing from Mexico it displays two pads that look like bunny’s ear. The plant is patterned with glochids or brown prickles and can grow up to 2-3 feet tall.

2. Barrel Cactus

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Botanical Name: Echinocactus grusonii

Also known as a golden ball or mother-in-law’s cushion, this classic, most sought after cactus features long, rigid spines that protect it.

3. Chin Cactus

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Botanical Name: Gymnocalycium andreae

Its name implies ‘naked kalyx’ in Greek, which refers to the absence of spines or hairs on the flower buds. Some varieties grow in the shade while others prefer sunlight.

4. Star Cactus

Botanical Name: Astrophytum asteria

Also known as sand dollar cactus and sea urchin, it is distinguished by the round shape, which is sectioned into eight portions covered with white hair and dots.

5. Rat Tail Cactus

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Botanical Name: Aporocactus flagelliformis

The trailing stems of this cactus are ideal for hanging baskets as it grows fast and lengths up to 2-3 feet. The plant is quite hardy and tolerates a wide range of temperatures.

6. Old Lady Cactus

Botanical Name: Mammillaria hahniana

This cactus form clusters of 10-inch tall spherical or globe-shaped stems covered in fine white spines and hairs, with a halo of small pink or purple flowers bloom during spring.

7. Bishop’s Cap

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Botanical Name: Astrophytum ornatum

Spherical ‘Bishop’s Cap’ looks striking in ceramic pots with its stiff spikes that cover ribbed spheres. It also has a frosty white coating that protects the plant from the sun.

8. Snowball Cactus

This easy-to-grow small ball cactus does well in bright indirect sunlight. Depending on the species, mature plants frequently flowers in yellow, red, pink, or orange blooms.

9. Pincushion Cactus

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Botanical Name: Mammillaria crinita

Pincushion Cactus are small plants that can grow up to 6-8 inches in height and can be a ball or barrel-shaped, entirely covered with white spines.

10. Peanut Cactus

Botanical Name: Echinopsis chamaecereus

This plant resembles peanut shells, hence the name. It flowers in beautiful shades of white and orange with large flower heads. Contrary to other cacti, it has smooth spines.

11. Fairy Castle Cactus

Botanical Name: Cereus tetragonus

This slow-growing plant, with its numerous bright green vertical stems, can be a great desk or windowsill plant. Keep it near a south-facing window for best growth.

12. Ladyfinger Cactus

Botanical Name: Mammillaria elongata

Popular as the gold lace cactus, it is a small plant, growing up to only 6-7 inches in height. It grows cute white flowers that add to its beauty.

13. Lamb’s Tail Cactus

 

Botanical Name: Echinocereus schmollii

Multiple long stems adorned with spikes laden with white hair, this cactus makes its mark with its elegant beauty. It is listed as endangered by IUCN.

14. Dinosaur Back Plant

Botanical Name: Myrtillocactus geometrizans forma cristata

If you are a fan of plants with bizarre appearances, then this fits the bill! This cactus forms a fat, tree-like trunk that cluster over one another, giving it a very unique shape.

15. Golden Rat Tail

Botanical Name: Cleistocactus winteri

The cylindrical trailing stems of this cactus gives it a gorgeous look, while spines are gentle and soft to touch. Flowers grow on individual stems in a vivid shade of orange and pink.


False or Grafted Cactus Plants

16. Christmas Cactus

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Botanical Name: Schlumbergera bridgessii

Christmas cactus has smooth leaves with soft, rounded spines. It also features red, pink, white, and orange tubular flowers.

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17. African Milk Tree Cactus

Botanical Name: Euphorbia trigona

A tall and easy to care specimen if proper sunlight is available, it can be a great addition to your houseplant collection, thanks to its dark green rectangular stems with matching small white or yellow flowers.

18. Easter Cactus

Botanical Name: Schlumbergera gaertneri

Easter or Whitsun cactus is quite similar to Christmas cactus. It flowers during March or April in white to orange or lavender blooms on the top of the prickly plant.

19. Zebra Cactus

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Botanical Name: Haworthia fasciata

It’s not a true cactus but goes with the name Zebra cactus. This popular succulent features pointed leaves with white horizontal stripes and dotted insides.

20. Pencil Cactus

Botanical Name: Euphorbia tirucalli

Also Popular as Milk Bush, this is not a true cactus and has pencil-like stems from which the plant photosynthesize. It can grow up to 4-6 feet tall indoors, but be careful if you have pets and kids because its sap is toxic.

21. Lifesaver Cactus

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Botanical Name: Huernia zebrina

This unusual-looking cactus has stunning 5-pointed, star-like flowers with zebra-stripes and a thick round ring at the center, the four-sided stems with soft teeth on the edges.

22. Baseball Plant

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Botanical Name: Euphorbia obesa

Not a true cactus, the plant features spherical ball-like segments that store water. It forms colorful bracts, which are modified leaves.

23. Pebble Plant

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Botanical Name: Lithops

Pebble plants or living stones are native to South Africa and Namibia. They look-like rocks and can survive in extremely challenging conditions.

Check out our article on growing lithops here

24. Moon Cactus

Botanical Name: Gymnocalycium mihanovichii

This grafted cactus is popular as an indoor plant with colorful ball-shaped tops in bright red, yellow, pink, or orange color covered with small, sharp spines on curved veins.

25. Candelabra Tree

Botanical Name: Euphorbia ingens

A dramatic cactus lookalike, it can be a great addition to rooms, adding an appeal with its lush green height and clusters of white flowers with red tips.

Note: As cacti are native to the hot and dry regions, it is advisable that you keep them near a bright source of light, preferably a South facing window for their best growth. 

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