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10 Beautiful Vintage Cactus Paintings to Download

Free Beautiful Vintage Botanical Cactus Paintings

These gorgeous cactus paintings were all painted in the 19th Century. They were painted by various European botanical artists.

Botanical art is designed so that the paintings are scientifically and botanically accurate but also artistically pleasing to the eye. I’ve selected only a fraction of the many 100’s vintage cactus paintings produced by the botanists of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Hopefully, you will agree that I have picked some of the best and most aesthetically appealing vintage cacti artwork. Many of the cacti have been painted whilst in flower. This only adds to their aesthetic appeal.

Christmas cacti can be found in this collection of vintage Christmas flower prints.

Cacti are a very popular houseplant at the moment. Part of the appeal is their low maintenance. However, their maintenance is still not low enough for my black thumbs. I’ve decided that I’m better off with a gallery wall display of vintage cacti paintings rather than the real thing!

If you are looking for interesting ways to hang your gallery walls check out this article on house&garden.

Free vintage cactus paintings

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The Cactus Paintings

    1. Various Cacti – 1892

      From the German encyclopedia Brockhaus’ Konversations-Lexikon.

      Various_Cactaceae 1892

      The cacti in this collection are numbered and their corresponding scientific names listed below.
      1-Nopalea coccinellifera
      2-Cephalocereus senilis
      3-Cereus giganteus
      4-Mammillaria longimamma
      5-Rhipsalis paradoxa
      6-Echinocactus longihamatus
      7-Echinopsis oxygona
      8-Cereus grandiflorus
      9-Echinocereus pectinatus
      10-Leuchtenbergia principis
      11-Phyllocactus ackermanni
      12-Melocactus communis

    1. Flowering Prickly Pear Cactus 1902

      This is a lovely illustration by the English botanical artist Mary Emily Eaton of a flowering prickly pear cactus. (Opuntia fuscoatra)

Flowering prickly pear cactus

    1. Pink Flowering Cacti 1902

      Another lovely illustration by the English botanical artist Mary Emily Eaton this time of ribbed (Echinocereus) cacti.

Pink Flowering cacti -

    1. Yellow Round Flowering Cacti – 1841

      This yellow flowering round cactus (Echinocacti Sallowianus) was painted by the French botanist Charles Lemaire.

Yellow flowering cactus Charles Lemaire

    1. Assorted cacti 1908

      This is a great collection of assorted cacti. Including: 1. Leaf-cactus (Phyllocactus anguliger). 2. Stapelia (simulating a cactus). 3. A Cereus (Cereus dasycanthus). 4. Globe-cactus(Echinocactus horizonthalonius). 5. Wart-cactus (Mammilaria pectinata). 6. Hair> Opuntia (Opuntia filipendtila)—a. theblossom, enlarged. 7. Melon-cactus (Melocactus communis). 8. Giant Cactus (Cereus giganteus)—a, blossom, enlarged; bfruit, enlarged. 9. Mexican Opuntia (Opuntia coccinellifera)—a, the fruit (prickly pear), enlarged. CACTUS.

      Assorted vintage cacti illustrations 1908

    2. Flowering Peanut Cactus -1912

      This lovely flowering Peanut Cactus was from the Curtis Botanical Magazine 1912

      Flowering peanut cacti 1912

    3. Pink Flowering Cacti -1849

      This pink flowering cacti was featured in Dictionnaire Universel D’histoire Naturelle.

      Dictionnaire universel d'histoire naturelle. v. 3 1849 - Atlas (Zoologie-

    4. Cactus watercolour 1828

      This is a lovely watercolor by the German botanist David Nathaniel Friedrich Dietrich. (Euphorbia officinarum)

Cacti Euphorbia Officinarum 1828

    1. Ornamental White Flowering Cactus 1820’s

      This gorgeous ornamental white flowering cactus is from Edwards Botanical Registar. (Echinopsis eyriesii)

Edwards'_botanical_register,_white flowering cacti_(1829-1847)

  1. Flowering Cactus – Curtis Botanical 1852

    Another lovely vintage cactus print from the magazine Curtis Botanical 1852. (Echinopsis obrepanda)

    Vintage Cacti print 1852 Curtis Botanical

  2. Pink Flowering Cacti 1813

    This cactus painting is by Belgium Botanist Pierre Joseph Redouté. Redoute is more famous for his paintings of lilies and roses but obviously found time to paint the odd cacti too. (cactus speciosus)

    cactus speciosus 1813 Pierre Joseph Redoute

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Monday 1st of October 2018

I absolutely love these beautiful vintage prints! I live in Arizona and we have several cacti in our front yard. It's always breathtaking when they are in bloom!


Monday 1st of October 2018

I’d love to see the cacti in Arizona one day especially the giant ones.


Saturday 29th of September 2018

These are beautiful, Claire! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! Pinned!


Sunday 30th of September 2018

Thank you so much, Cecilia.


Saturday 29th of September 2018

Ooo, these are stunning, thanks so much. Pinning.


Sunday 30th of September 2018

Thank you, Julie. You can't beat a vintage cacti painting.