Cold Hardy Cactus Plants

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This article contains a list of potentially hardy cactus for growing outdoors in the Southern United States
by Brett · All Zones · Cactus and Succulents · 1 Comments · February 01, 2011 · 15,456 views

Mostly we think of cacti as grocery store items grown in small pots or dish gardens for use as house plants. However, the cold hardy members of this large and diverse plant family have the potential for much broader use. They are very showy in outdoor plantings where their spectacular flowers, fascinating spination and bold evergreen stems add interest and diversity to our plantings.

I have drawn a list based on my own personal experience and research of growing particular species of cacti outdoors in colder regions. I have carried out my research by using various hardy cacti websites on the internet and by contacting cacti enthusiast's to gain information on hardiness, positioning, feeding and maintenance of these spiny plants.

This first list below consists of plants native to North America, from the high Rocky Mountains in Canada, where alpine species grow in amazing sub-zero temperatures to larger barrel and columnar type cacti which thrive in both lowland and highland areas of Mexico and the United States like Opuntia and Echinocereus

Cephalocereus senilis
Coryphantha lauii
Coryphantha macromeris
Coryphantha muehlenfordii
Coryphantha palmeri
Coryphantha poselgeriana
Coryphantha recurvata
Coryphantha sheerii
Coryphantha sulcata
Coryphantha vivipara
Echinocactus grusonii
Echinocactus histrix
Echinocactus horizonthalonius
Echinocactus setispinus
Echinocactus texensis
Echinocereus chloranthus
Echinocereus engelmannii
Echinocereus fasciculatus
Echinocereus fendleri
Echinocereus fitchii
Echinocereus pectinatus
Echinocereus polyacanthus
Echinocereus reichenbachii
Echinocereus rigidissimus
Echinocereus rosei
Echinocereus triglochidiatus
Echinocereus viridiflorus
Escobaria albicolumnaria
Escobaria dasyacantha
Escobaria missouriensis
Escobaria orcuttii
Escobaria organensis
Escobaria similis
Escobaria leei
Escobaria sneedii
Escobaria strobiliformis
Ferocactus acanthodes
Ferocactus cylindraeus
Ferocactus emoryi
Ferocactus covellei
Ferocactus fordii
Ferocactus hamatacanthus
Ferocactus herrerae
Ferocactus macrodiscus
Ferocactus pottsii
Ferocactus wislizenii
Mammilaria gemnispina
Mammilaria heyderi
Mammilaria meridiorosea
Mammilaria microcarpa
Mammilaria miegiana
Mammilaria obscura
Mammilaria perbella
Mammilaria senilis
Mammilaria zeyeriana
Opuntia 'Santa-rita'
Opuntia arenaria
Opuntia aurea
Opuntia basilaris
Opuntia cantabrigiensis
Opuntia cholla
Opuntia cymochila
Opuntia engelmannii
Opuntia erinacea
Opuntia fragilis
Opuntia gilvescens
Opuntia grandis
Opuntia humifusa
Opuntia imbricata
Opuntia whipplei
Opuntia kleiniae
Opuntia linguiformis
Opuntia macrocentra
Opuntia macrorhiza
Opuntia phaecantha
Opuntia polycantha
Opuntia pottsii
Opuntia rhodantha
Opuntia robusta
Opuntia rutila
Opuntia tortispina
Opuntia trichophora
Opuntia violacea
Pterocactus tuberosus
Stenocactus coptonogonus
Stenocactus erectocentrus
Stenocactus pentacanthus
Stenocactus pyllacanthus
Stenocactus zacatecaensis
Thelocactus bicolor
Thelocactus buekii
Thelocactus fossulatus
Thelocactus heterachromus
Thelocactus hexaedrophorus
Thelocactus lauii
Thelocactus lloydii
Thelocactus lophothele
Thelocactus macdowellii
Thelocactus mathsonii
Thelocactus megharizus
Thelocactus rinconensis
Thelocactus uncinatus

Continue on next page for a list of frost and cold hardy cacti from South America...

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Herbert Blythe

Herbert Blythe · Gardenality Seed · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
I would like to know if this cactus is available, ready to plant, when to plant it and the cost of this plant. I would use this as a possible pot plant or landscape but I do not want to be concern in losing this in freezing weather that we occasionally have. this is a southwestern communtity i live in.

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