Uncovering Florida’s Cacti: A Guide to the Different Types of Cactus

Florida is not typically known for its native cactus species due to its more humid and subtropical climate. However, there are a few cactus species that can be found in certain parts of Florida. Here are some examples:

Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia)

Prickly pear cactus is a common cactus species found in Florida. It has flat, paddle-shaped stems and produces vibrant flowers and edible fruits.

Barrel Cactus (Ferocactus)

Barrel cactus is a round and globular cactus species that can sometimes be found in Florida. It is characterized by its ribbed appearance and can grow in sandy and well-drained soils.

Pencil Cactus (Euphorbia tirucalli)

While not a true cactus, pencil cactus is a succulent plant that resembles a cactus and is often mistaken for one. It has thin, pencil-like stems and can be found in certain parts of Florida.

These are just a few examples of the cactus species that can be found in Florida. It’s important to note that cacti are not as abundant or diverse in Florida compared to desert regions, but these species can still be encountered in specific habitats or cultivated environments.