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How Many Types of Cacti Are There?

If you're considering getting some new plants for your home, one of the best to consider is a hearty cactus.  Cacti are a no fuss, no muss landscape plant or container plant.  No shedding of leaves, no watering every day or even every week.  Most of our plants only need to be watered every 2-6 weeks, depending on individual conditions.

How many types of cactus are there? The Cactus Outlet, the web's best place to buy cacti online, explains everything you need to know.

How Many Types of Cacti Are There?

There are a whopping 2,000 different species of cacti. We can't list all of them here, but if you're looking for some cacti to spruce up your home, front porch, or yard, here are a few especially beautiful types to consider.

Totem Pole Major

The Totem Pole Major cactus is a spineless, bumpy cactus that's sure to draw your attention.  With a knobby habit and an upward scale of growth, this cactus is perfect for outdoor and indoor areas and presents no threat to pets, kids, or curious onlookers. The unique presentation of this cactus makes it stand out from others, which is why it's a popular pick with The Cactus Outlet as one of our best sellers.

Ferocactus Pringlei

How many types of cacti are there? On the list of 2,000+ species, Ferocactus pringlei stands out as one of the very best.

The Ferocactus pringlei is another top seller we have available at The Cactus Outlet, and for good reason, since this cactus is vibrantly colored with bright red spines. Standing about as tall as your ankle, this round cactus is tipped with pink on the sharp spines, perfect for adding a gorgeous pop of color to your yard or decorative pot.  Originally native to Mexico, this "fire barrel" cactus is splendid if you're looking for a truly attractive specimen.

Mexican Fence Post Cactus

If you're interested in a tall, iconic-looking cactus, look no further than the Mexican Fence Post Cactus. This tall columnar cactus with very short spines is a great example of a cactus you can have in your yard or decorative pot without taking up too much horizontal space.

Whether you're using modern design elements in your yard or prefer a dash of rustic charm, the Mexican Fence Post Cactus is a great pick for any landscape, patio, sun room or window niche. The Mexican Fence Post Cactus can grow up to 12 feet tall and does equally well in the ground or decorative pots.

Consider Working With The Cactus Outlet

Now that you know the answer to the question, "How many types of cactus are there?," are you ready to buy a few cactus plants to spruce up your yard or indoor space? At The Cactus Outlet, our products include a wide selection of cactus species, from edible fruit cacti such as prickly pears to striking agave and barrel cacti.

In addition to our cactus products, we also offer dependable advice on how you can more confidently raise your plants to stay strong and healthy. Contact us at 1 (800) 826-9396 to learn more about any of our cacti and succulent plants.