A small unique-looking cactus that won’t demand much from you while offering colorful flowers and patterned stems.
Native to New Mexico and Texas, this cactus can be found on rocky slopes, desert floors, and other arid environments. It is known for its ornamental value, unique body, and bright, colorful flowers.
Also known as Spiny Hedgehog Cactus, identification can be made by its characteristic subtle multicolored rings along the stem, giving it its name. However, not all types of this plant will display such rainbow-like bands.
Texas Rainbow Cactus has distinctive sweet-scented bright yellow flowers that flourish between March and May and grow from the sides of the stem. Shades of yellow will vary, and its long petals are tinged green at the base and magenta on the outside of the pointed tips. Stems are cylindrical and can be yellow, pink, or tan.
Easy to care for and low maintenance, this cactus doesn’t grow above 15 inches (38 cm) and is usually arranged in a single stem, although older cacti tend to create other heads.