Shapes that speak to the imagination, rare exotic flowers and virtually maintenance-free: "a cactus brings mould-breaking greenery into ones home". The Flower Council announces the cactus as Houseplant of the month for August.
The range of cacti is enormous and extends from tiny sleek shapes through to bizarre massive pillars, and from soft grey hairs through to big sharp thorns. Many cacti are sold in mixed trays, particularly the smaller sizes. The species that are most commonly sold by name are Echinocactus, Ferocactus, Gymnocalycium, Opuntia and Mamillaria.
For more information, care tips, posters and images, visit www.flowercouncil.co.uk.