Cacterium Plantarium





If Christopher Colombus is known for first introducing cactus in Europe, our establishment is well-known for bringing within cacti everybody’s reach in Europe, plants which were, down to the 20th century, for well-off people, who were almost the only clients of botanists returning from expedition.

Since 1936, growing cacti and thick leaves has developed in Bourbonnais, and since then, 3 generations have been grown. The interest for  cacti and succulent plants has developed so much that “les Floralies Internationales” in Paris in 1969 and 1979 were a sort of apotheosis for world cacti. Our establishment largely participated especially in 1969 when we won 7 first prizes out of 2 competitions among which one we are most proud of : first Great Prize awarded by an international jury presided over by le Grand Marnier l’Apostole “all-sized cacti and thick leaves: the largest, most varied and remarkable collection”.



This site is mainly reserved for the industry. However, in order to please sharp surfers, we have devoted several pages for them with some advice necessary for the upkeep of cacti, which actually do not need more than very little water and a lot of love.


During the winter

-         place the plants as close as possible in sunlight, near a window

-         avoid close source of heat

-         water sparingly, only to avoid complete withering of the earth (refrain completely on humid days)


During the summer

-         when it is hot, provide some shade for the plants, above all the small ones

-         water all the more as it is hot and whenever the earth is dry and the weather fine

1)    Succulents

Thick leaves and cacti.

A) Origins

All cacti come from America or South America (Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Bolivia…). Thick leaves being more present in Africa and especially in Southern Africa.

B) Large families and varieties

Aloe :

Aristata Brevifolia Concilea Ferox Humilis Marloti Martriformis Quelhi Vera, Gasteria…

Crassula :

Licopodioides, Perfossa, Portulacea…

Opuntia :

Albispina, Rufida, Microdasys, Brasiliensis, Monacantha, Elana, Subulata, Leucotrica, Querva Tuna Monstruosa…

Mammillaria :

Bocasana, Bombycina, Geminispina, Elongata, Hanianha, Plumosa, Wildii Cristata, Zeilmanianah…

Cereus :

Cereus divers, Cereus Paruvianus Monstruosus Pilocerous Strausii…

Echinocactus :

Echinocactus Grusoni…


Bordiguera, Caput Medusae, Submammilliris, Pugniformis, Resi, Nifera, Hermantiana, Red, Horrida…

Haworthia :

Fasciata, Reinwardi, Papilosa, Cymbiformis…


Horsti, Quelianum, Saglione…


Haselbergi Leninghausi Magnificus Ottonis Scopa Submammillosus

To refer to the largest families. There are many more.

5) Place

Cacti require a lot of light to avoid withering, fraying out, paling.

Light is very important during the vegetative phase of the plant (March to October). The best places are in order South, West, East

6) Floral creation or arrangement

Selection of the plants is important both to create a yearly garden as well as a special stylised arrangement.


As a general rule, thick leaves require more water than cacti, so it is best not to mix species if you want to keep this Japanese garden for a long time.


Terracotta pots with Aztec, Mexican or Indian paintings give the best effects thus reminding us of the desert expanses, a few pebbles, gravel and coloured sand will do the rest.

7) Conclusion

Cacti and succulents are easy to grow without any real problem ; nevertheless, it is necessary to respect a few basic rules :

Ø      A lot of light

Ø      Very porous earth-mix

Ø       Respect period of lying fallow (winter T° 12° maximum)

Ø      Regular and significant airing

Ø      Water abundantly and seldom