The Cactus Shows Its Spines Again!

Cactus Knowledge

Of course they were never gone - but they were somewhat forgotten. Now the plant is returning - to a modern society which is mobile, lives healthily and focuses on authenticity.

No, it's not stuffy anymore. Like many trendy objects, the spiny plant rises like a phoenix from the ashes - or rather: from grandma's windowsill into trendy cafés. Here you can actually find it, or as a T-shirt print or in many facets in current interior design. There are many reasons why an object is in again after a long time. They are all in tune with the Zeitgeist. The cactus is easy to care for and will last for years with little water - ideal for a mobile society. The cactus has something original; after all, some species can live for up to 200 years. The opposite pole to our fleeting, fast-moving, digital world. The cactus is authentic, genuine and charismatic.

No two cactuses are alike - there are countless species. But it can only be "handled" when in a cachepot. Watch out for spines! Where and in what form does it appear? Here are some entertaining links!

Did you know...

... that cacti are among the new superfoods in the USA?
Leaves, stems and fruits are served in salads, sandwiches or smoothies. The health booster is supposed to support weight loss and even protect against heart disease and diabetes.

... that you can listen to the catchy tune "My Little Green Cactus" on a chocolate record?
The song can be played up to seven times - then it can be eaten!

... that cacti provide the dye for seductive red lips?
The dye cochineal is obtained from cochineal lice, for which cacti are host plants. Also known as real carmine, it is used as a dye in food and lipsticks.

... that the smallest cactus is almost as small as a crumb?
Blossfeldia liliputana seems to have devoted itself to downsizing, because after 15 years the green-white pellet has a diameter of only two centimetres!

... that the Cactus Garden on Lanzarote is César Manrique's last work of art?
The most famous representative of the Canary Island of Lanzarote stands for artistic buildings that perfectly blend into the landscape. These include "Jardin de Cactus", "Cactus Garden", in the north of the Guatiza village, which Manrique began in 1989.