The cactus is a member of the plant family Cactaceae, which consists of about 1750-2000+ known species. Cacti are found from British Columbia to South America and have been introduced and adapted to Australia, East Africa and the Mediterranean, in places of warm and dry climate. The word “cactus” derives from Latin kaktos, meaning spiny plant whose identity is not certain. Recognized for its endurance and ability to thrive in trying environments, they are classified as stem succulents as they have specialized, fleshy stems.
Spirituality and Symbolism
For those who find themselves drawn to the cactus, you may subconsciously admire its ability to thrive in intense conditions that would render a plant of lesser strength lifeless. The spiritual meaning behind the cactus is symbolized in its hard protective exterior, its endurance and strength to survive in new environments and situations. The cactus is adaptable and strong.
While it may not be recognized for its beauty, the real beauty and treasure of the cactus come from the inside, with its unique ability to store water. Keeping a cactus in your home or at work will remind you to stay strong, endure and remember that the essence of both your truth and your beauty from within.