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California Cactus Center
Started over thirty-five years ago, California Cactus Center in Pasadena, California was the dream of Zhalermwudh and Maleenee Thongthiraj, Thai immigrants who came to pursue their American Dream. Immigrating from Thailand in the 1950s, Zhalermwudh began his humble roots as a farmer in Thailand. While he worked hard to provide for his wife and six daughters, he always had a passion for collecting cacti and succulents. He transformed his love for plants into a flourishing family-owned nursery.
Taking care of the nursery is a family effort. Our parents later married and had six daughters who all worked together to help build the nursery into a family-run business that would benefit the community as well as support the family. While our parents motivated us to pursue our individual dreams, we continued to work together in growing and maintaining the nursery. Specializing in cacti and succulents since 1976, California Cactus Center is known for its wide variety of rare and common specimen and expertise.
California Cactus Center is Southern California’s premier specialty nursery featuring Cactus and Succulents from around the world. Located in Pasadena, California, Cactus Center is just ten minutes away from two outstanding cactus and succulent collections at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, and the Los Angeles County Arboretum.
From the 210 Freeway take the Rosemead Blvd. South Exit. We are two traffic lights south of the Freeway. Our cross street is Del Mar Blvd. [Map] Hours 10am to 3pm. Closed Mondays Become a Cactus Center Fan on Facebook
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Haworthia attenuata variegata
Haworthia attenuata variegata Origin: South Africa Flower: White Description: Can grow as tall as 6 inches and clusters with offsets. Green leaves with some degree of variation. With more direct sun, the leaves will become more red. This Haworthia can
Beautiful Succulent Garden in Handmade Cement Planter
Beautiful succulent garden in handmade planter Think outside the box by planting succulents in different containers. We selected this unique container made up cement and fiberglass. A simple design that allows you to use your creativity and mix colorful succulents
X Gasteraloe Origin: South Africa Flower: White Description: Has blue-green leaves that are spotted or marked with tiny white markings. A hybrid between Gasteria and Aloe, this species grows between 6-12 inches tall with few offsets. Sun: Partial shade Water:
Adenia veneata Origin: Ethiopia to East Africa Flower: Tiny white or yellow flowers Description: Like most Adenias, this species is a vine grower and has a green trunk with multiple branches. This succulent can reach as high as 3-4 feet
Dorstenia foetida Origin: Tanzania Flower: Greenish-yellow to yellow Description: With its thick, dark-green leaves growing from a small trunk, this plant will reach about 12 inches tall. Flowers appear on a flower-like structure often resembling a shield. After the flowers,
Epithelantha micromeris “Button Cactus”
Epithelantha micromeris “Button Cactus” Origin: New Mexico Flower: Pink-white Description: Unique looking, globular shaped cactus that has white-gray spines. It grows to be up to 2 inches and 1.5 inches wide. After the cactus blooms tiny pink-white flowers, it produces
Ariocarpus retusus Origin: Mexico Flower: Pale pink to white Description: One of the most popular species in its family, this cactus has grey-green leaves and is known for its attractive flowers. Slow-growing species that can reach about 6 inches tall.
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OPEN Friday: 10am – 03pmOPEN Saturday: 10am – 03pmOPEN Sunday: 10am – 03pm To all of our Community, As much as we would love to have you visit and see the wonderful variety of cacti and succulents all week long, we have
Stapelia flavopurpureaOrigin: NambiaFlower: Greenish starfish shapeDescription: Spreading succulents with long, green stems that turn slightly purple when exposed to full sun. A distinctive feature of this plant are the little, star-shaped flowers that range from bright yellow to green. Flowers
Echinocactus grusonii “Golden Barrel”
Echinocactus grusonii “Golden Barrel”Origin: MexicoFlower: Yellow flowers around the crown of the plant after it reaches about 20 years old.Description: Slow growing, spherical cactus that can over many years grow up to 3 feet tall and about 36 inches wide.
Notocactus ottonisOrigin: BrazilFlower: YellowDescription: A simple, globular cactus that may later produce offsets and later usually forms into a clustering plant. Can grow up to about 5-6 inches tall. Produces beautiful, bright yellow flowers at a young age.Sun: Partial to
Airplants Display & Care
Tillandsias are also called “air plants,” which are native to South America. Tillandsias are epiphytes, which means their root systems attach themselves to trees or rocks. Tillandsias get their nutrients and moisture from the air. Unlike succulents, Tillandsias require no soil to thrive. 3
Sempervivum tectorum “Houseleek”
Sempervivum tectorum “Houseleek”Origin: Swiss AlpsFlower: PinkDescription: Low growing, rosette succulent that can only grows up to about 6 inches tall and can spread up to 20 inches wide. Also known as “Hens n Chickens,” this succulent easily produces offsets that
Desert Cactus Container Garden
Desert cactus container gardenCreate a mini desert garden using a variety of colorful and interesting cacti and succulents such as the Gymnocalycium mihanovichii “Moon Cactus”, Opuntia microdasys, “Angel Wings”, and Haworthia attenuata “Zebra Plant.” We picked plants that are compatible
Sedum multiceps “Miniature Joshua Tree”
Sedum multiceps “Miniature Joshua Tree”Origin: AlgeriaFlower: YellowDescription: True to its name, this plant only grows up to about 6 inches tall and 6 inches wide. A multi-branching plant with green leaves and woody stems. During the summer, you will see
Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi ‘Variegata’ “Variegated Lavender Scallops”
Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi 'Variegata' “Variegated Lavender Scallops”Origin: MadagascarFlower: Red-Brown clusters that hang slightly on tall stemsDescription: A succulent shrub that grows up to 1-2 feet tall and about 1-2 feet wide. Has lavender gray-green leaves and ivory color variegation with scalloped
Beautiful Canoe Shaped Succulent Garden
Beautiful Canoe Shaped Succulent GardenChoose fun and interesting containers to create a unique succulent container garden. We chose a handmade canoe shaped container and planted an assortment of colorful and blooming succulents.Featured succulents: Anacampseros rufescens variegata “Rainbow Sand Rose,” Echeveria
Cereopegia woodii “String of Hearts”
Cereopegia woodii “String of Hearts”Origin: South AfricaFlower: MagentaDescription: Pretty, heart-shaped leaves that cascade wonderfully over containers. Known as the “rosary vine,” this beautiful succulent is a member of the milkweed family. Has a variation of pink and blue-green leaves that
Xerosicyos danguyi “Silver Dollar Vine”
Xerosicyos danguyi “Silver Dollar Vine”Origin: MadagascarFlower: Small yellow-greenDescription: Stemming from the cucumber family, this unique trailing succulent with ovate green, fleshy leaves. A great option for gardeners who who want interesting cascading plants; this species can grow as long as
Cascading Portulacria afra “Elephant Bush”
Cascading Portulacria afra “Elephant Bush”Origin: South AfricaFlower: PinkDescription: Beautiful succulent with green, glossy and lush leaves that cascade over containers. The “Elephant Bush” is quite versatile form: it can be grown as a great trailing succulent, planted in the ground
Pleiospilos nelii “Split Rock”
Pleiospilos nelii “Split Rock”Origin: South AfricaFlower: Yellow, orange or whiteDescription: Clump forming and slow-growing stemless plant that grows up to 2-3 inches tall. As a natural defense against predators, the “Split Rock” resembles a stone or cracked rock. This intriguing
Crassula radicans “Large Red”
Crassula radicans “Large Red”Origin: South AfricaFlower: WhiteDescription: Low growing succulent that can grow up to about 6 inches tall and spreads as wide as 2 to 3 feet. With its red leaves and white flowers, this succulent is amazing as
Gerrardanthus macrorhizusOrigin: South AfricaDescription: In nature this amazing caudiciform can reach as high as 20-30 feet tall. Its base can grow as wide as 12 inches and produces a beautiful, green vine. Excellent container plant or grown as cascading succulent
Works of Art
If you've never been to a Cacti & Succulent Nursery you may be pleasantly surprised.
During your visit with us, you’ll see a variety of different plants. Some colorful, some majestic, and some featuring almost alien-like features – but all beautiful. If you would like to see a preview of some of our plants, please view our online gallery.
So much collective knowledge here... Lots of items you won't find anywhere else. Amazing pottery.
So many succulents!! They have such a wide variety of single plants and arrangements. You can also buy pots, soil, and toppers such as rocks and gravel to make lovely arrangements yourself. The staff is so attentive and friendly.
If looking for cactus this is the place to go. They have an incredible number of varieties of cactus and a staff that can answer any question you have. The only problem I had was narrowing down my choices--I am certain I will be a repeat customer.