Attractive and easy to care for, cactus and succulents are very popular plants to decorate any home, office or garden. The name "cactus" comes from the Greek word "Cactus", which means "thorny plant". Cactus comes from North and South America and some species thrive in Africa.
All cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti! Succulents are known to be moisture packed due to storage of water. Succulents store water in their leaves, stems or roots and so they can survive quite a while without being watered. Cacti have small, round, cushion-like structures called areoles in which flowers, thorns or even young shoots grow. Areoles usually look like small, fluffy, cotton like lumps on the body of the cactus. Because they do not have leaves, photosynthesis is done by their stalks.