Debra's Cactus Curio Box

Cacti are succulents with simple shapes, and no cacti illustrate the plants’ elegantly elemental geometry as well as spherical varieties. To showcase the beauty of these often-ignored succulents, I went with an open wood box with a dozen partitions, each just right for cacti in 2-inch pots (from Altman Plants). My goal was to elevate fuzzy orbs to the status of jewelry or artwork. For design details and how-to, see my video, “Create a Cactus Curio Box.”

For more on the aesthetics of cacti, see my blog post “Is Cactus the New Black?”

Here are the names of cacti shown in the photo and in my video. Labeled photos follow.

Mammillaria mystax
Mammillaria hahniana (Old lady cactus)
Mammillaria carmenae (Isla Carmen pincushion)
Mammillaria elegans
Espostola melanostele (Peruvian old lady cactus)
Mammillaria celsiana (Golden pincushion)
Mammillaria sp. (sp. means “species unknown”)
Mammillaria fragilis ‘Cristata’ (Crested thimble cactus)
Notocactus sp. (Parodia)
Echinopsis ‘Domino’ (Domino cactus)
Mammillaria sp.
Notocactus ‘Silver Ball’ (Silver ball cactus)

Common names (if available):

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Latin names:

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See my YouTube video, “Create a Cactus Curio Box.”