Welcome to The Cactus King - Specialized Cactus and Succulent Nursery


The owner, Mr. Lyn Rathburn, decided decades ago to keep The Cactus King’s doors open for retail customers. He knew that 99% of people wouldn’t otherwise have access to cacti and succulents past what may be found at a big-box store’s gardening department. Considering the fact that The Cactus King offers the largest collection of cacti and succulents for sale on the planet, it was imperative to him that the community at large have the same access that special collectors, museums, botanical gardens, landscapers and other wholesalers had.

Many believe that The Cactus King and other commercial nurseries that sell common landscaping plants can operate similarly. This an understandable point of confusion. To explain, Mr. Rathburn is a trained, expert botanist within an already highly specialized portion of botany (cacti and succulents). Our dedicated team is small because each member must undergo months of intensive training before being able to fulfill even the simplest of customer requests. Each and every team member loves the plants and wants to spread the joy they bring us with the rest of the world.

The Cactus King works hard to respond to all requests in a timely manner. Due to the complex nature of working within this area of horticulture/botany, please allow up to 5 business days for a response. Most likely, you will receive a response within 1-2 hours. If the matter is urgent, contact us via phone at (281) 591-8833.

Thank you.

Shop Online Like A King!

Due to a rise in fraudulent charges, effective immediately, The Cactus King is only accepting:

1. Checks
2. Money Orders
3. Cash (We do not suggest sending cash via mail as there is no paper trail)

Please mail web order payments to:
The Cactus King
625 West Canino Road
Houston, TX 77037

There is a minimum of $50.00 per web order.

The Cactus King services the entire United States. There is no sales tax for clients located outside of Texas. For those residing in the great state of Texas, local sales tax of 8.25% will be added.

To verify prices and availability, call (281) 591-8833 for assistance. Thank you.

Eco-Friendly Practices

Participating in environmentally sustainable growing practices is at the crux of The Cactus King's philosophy. Aside from the beauty and magic that cacti and succulents bring (and it's substantial), they save an INCREDIBLE amount of water.

The Cactus King uses approximately 250 thousand gallons of water annually. A nursery of the same size that sells other popular landscaping plants, utilizes anywhere from 5 million to 12 million gallons of water each MONTH! We see no necessity in compromising the needs of our planet for the needs of our business.

Special Occasion? It's Your Day To Be The King!

It's no surprise that our clientele sees us as a destination, not simply a store to purchase another product. The Cactus King's customers frequently make the trip from different countries, cities and states. They enter with a look of magic and wonder on their faces. Botany students from surrounding universities come to observe and photograph our diverse collection of cacti and succulents. Brides and grooms to be often come to take engagement and wedding photos.

The magic of hundreds of species of cacti and succulents from all around the globe will almost certainly compliment your special occasion. Whether you are taking family photos, celebrating an engagement or have an interest in botany, The Cactus King is the place for you.

The cost to take photographs at our nursery is $40.00 per half hour.

Call us today at (281) 591-8833 to book a date and time!

"If you get stuck by a cactus, it's really a cactus kiss. We all know love hurts!"


Corporate Clients (The King hangs hard)


RoboCop (1987)
RoboCop 2 (1990)
Hot Pursuit (2015)


USA Network's Queen of the South (2019)

Botanical Gardens:

New York Botanical Gardens
Oklahoma City Zoo/Botanical Gardens
Mercer Arboretum in Houston, Texas
Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan


Houston, TX Zoo
San Antonio, TX Zoo

Other Clientele:

Houston, TX Rodeo

The Cactus King's cacti and succulents have gone international! If you ever find yourself in China with a little spare time, head to the Chimelong Ocean Kingdom. It is the largest Aquarium in the world (no big deal, pun definitely intended).

The Cactus King's plants are also featured in the Chimelong Ocean Kingdom's partner parks. These include their water park, amusement park, crocodile park and botanical gardens.

News, Events, and Specials

Plan 48 - Directors Cut

The Cactus King was featured in a short film! If you haven't had a chance to visit our store in person then take a few minutes and watch this short film for a small glimpse of what we have to offer!

Click here to play a video file

**Special** Pottery Sale!

Click here to see our pottery!

Our Strawberry Pots are on a huge, temporary sale. We dropped the price from $12.00 to only $2.00 with a $10.00+ in person purchase!

As the picture shows, each pot has 4 - 5 openings on its sides. This allows you to plant separate cacti and/or succulents in each hole in addition to the normal opening on top.



10.5" tall

Find your dream plant!

The King's Hours

Monday through Saturday: 9am - 6pm
11am - 4pm

Para asistencia en español, contáctenos en espanol@thecactusking.com

Addresses & Contact Information

Physical Address (IN-PERSON VISITS):
7900 I-45N
Houston TX, 77037

We're located directly next to the Taj Inn.
Mailing Address (SEND PAYMENTS TO):
625 West Canino Road
Houston, TX 77037
Questions? Concerns? The CK team is here to help!

(281) 591-8833

Hablantes de español:

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