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Top 10 Cactus Without Spines [No More Pricks NOW]

Do you know Cactus without spines also exist? There are wonderful varieties of spineless Cactus that have many decorative uses.

Some of the most intriguing Cactus varieties without spines include Pincushion Cactus, Bunny Ear Cactus, Rebutia Cactus, Peyote Cactus, Bishop’s Cactus, Christmas Cactus, Moon Cactus, Mexican Fence Post Cactus, Mistletoe Cactus, etc.

Let’s see some of the varieties of spineless Cactus and learn the ways to care for them from the article below!

What Are Cactus Without Spines?

Spineless Cacti are those that don’t have any spines on them.

Commonly, Spineless Cacti are also called “Nopales” and are native to regions of America (North to South).

These Cacti grow in various habitats, such as grasslands, forests, and deserts.

Do You Know?

Cacti have spines for 3 reasons.

These spines protect Cacti from predators, allow seed dispersal and help reduce water loss in arid environments.

Since most Spineless Cacti grow in moist environments with fewer natural predators, they don’t bear spines.

Besides, due to the absence of spines, these Cacti can be used for several purposes and have several benefits. 

  • Spineless Cacti are edible and a good source of vitamins and minerals.
  • Since Spineless Cacti have arid adaptation, you can also grow them in dry climatic zones.
  • Many Spineless Cacti are disease and pest tolerant.
  • Easy to care for, Spineless Cacti can grow in planters and directly in the soil.

Some of the best Spineless Cactus for indoor decor include.

1. Pincushion Cactus 

Where To Buy? Available on Amazon

Pincushion Cactus (Mammilaria elongata) have hairy bodies covered with soft spines, making them a safe choice for pets and children.

They can grow 6-12 inches tall and about 4-6 inches wide.

2. Bunny Ear Cactus 

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Bunny Ear Cacti (Opuntia microdasys) have paddle-like soft appendages atop that resemble bunny ears and are covered in soft, white spines.

In size, Bunny Ear Cacti can grow 2-3 feet tall and 4-6 feet wide.

Image represents Bunny Ear Cactus
Bunny Ear Cactus gets its name from the bunny ear-like lobed stems.

3.  Peyote Cactus 

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Peyote (Lophophora williamsii) is a small button-shaped Cactus without spines. The Cactus bears white or pink flowers in spring.

The plants grow about 2-3 inches in diameter and have a psychoactive compound called mescaline.

4. Rebutia Cactus 

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Rebutia Cactus (Rebutia heliosa) can grow 2-3 inches in diameter and have round bodies with creamy pink flowers.

With soft and whitish-gray spines, they look like fluffy hairballs.

5. Bishop’s Caps 

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Bishop’s Cap Cactus (Astriophytum myriostigma) come without spines and are star-shaped with short bodies.

The ridges on the side of the Cactus are spotted with white dots and grow to about 4-40 inches tall.

6. Christmas Cactus 

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Christmas Cactus varieties are spineless, have segmented green and flat stems that look like stems, and bear vibrant flowers in fall and winter.

They (Schlumbergera bridgesii) are epiphytes, getting around 6-12 inches tall and wide.

Image represents Mexican Fence Post Cactus
Mexican Fence Post Cactus can grow to a height of 10-20 feet and have hairy spines along their edge.

7. Moon Cactus 

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Moon Cactus (Gymnocalycium mihanovichii) are grafted varieties of Dragon Fruit Cactus with soft spines and brilliant flowers.

Individual Moon Cactus can grow about 2-4 inches tall and with equal width.

8. Mexican Fence Post Cactus 

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Mexican Fence Post Cactus (Pachycereus marginatus) is a variety without spines and grows tall, reaching heights of 10-20 feet tall.

The plant bears white or pink flowers during spring and has the ability to grow in outdoor conditions.

9. Mistletoe Cactus 

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Mistle Toe Cactus (Rhipsalis baccifera) are epiphytic without spines and have a trailing habit.

They are great for hanging baskets and can grow shaggy stems that drape anywhere between 6 and 30 feet.

Image represents potted Moon Cactus
The Moon Cactus plant is a grafted variety of Dragon Fruit plants.

10. Dancing Bones 

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Dancing Bone Cactus (Hatiora species) are available without spines and have unusually partitioned stems.

They can grow to a length of 20 inches with fragile stems and don’t have leaves.  

Care & Maintenence For Cactus Without Spines

Although Cactus is a hardy plant, they need all the basic care requirements for growth.

  • Sunlight: 6 hours of direct sunlight from the south or west-facing window.
  • Watering: Weekly (spring and summer) & Monthly (fall and winter).
  • Soil: Well-draining & Porous (equal parts of potting soil, sand, and organic perlite).
  • Fertilizer: Once or Twice a year (late spring or early summer).
  • Humidity: 40-60% (at all times).
  • Temperature: 70-95°F (at all times).
  • Pruning: To remove the dead or decaying stems or spines (summer).
  • Repotting: Every 2-3 years in late spring or early summer (terracotta planter 1-2 larger than previous).

From Editorial Team


Spineless Cactus are pet and children-safe. Although some may bear spines, they are soft and without any hazards.

However, many are poisonous and should not be handled without care!