Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society

Rescue Plants Available in Tucson


All rescue plants available from TCSS are collected per Arizona Native Plants Laws and carry the appropriate state tags and seals. Plant salvage and recovery is governed by state law under Arizona Revised Statutes Title 3, Chapter 7, "Arizona Native Plants" which is available on line from the Department of Agriculture: Native Plants page.

The TCSS Cactus Rescue Crew often acquires:
Barrels (2-14 inches in diam.; over 14 inches tall by request only)    Rescue plants for sale
Pincushion (one to 5 heads) 
Hedgehog (one to 25 stems)
Cholla (up to 4 feet tall; all by request only)
Prickly Pear (all by request only)
The Cactus Rescue Crew occasionally acquires these high demand plants:
Ocotillo (6 inches to 10 feet tall)
Saguaro (up to 4 feet tall)  
The Cactus Rescue Crew sometimes acquires these plants:
Coryphantha (not too plentiful)
Agave (not too plentiful) 
Night Blooming Cereus (not too plentiful)
Sotol (up to 2.5 feet in diam.; not too plentiful) 

Our Rescued cacti are sold at various plant sales such as the Pima County Country Fair (Fall and Spring), Fiesta de las Flores Show and Sale at Foothills Mall, Tucson Botanical Garden Weird Plant Sale, Hacienda del Sol Resort Cactus Sale (Spring and Fall), and special TCSS Sales and Shows such as our Blooming Barrel Sale in late August. See our Events Calendar page for details. 


Approximate prices of Rescued Cacti in our inventory (all are bare rooted; not potted)

Barrels - about $1.50 per inch diameter/height (greater of width or height)
Hedge Hogs - about $1.00 to $2.00 per stem
Pincushion/Mamms - range from $1 to $5
Ocotillo - about $4 per foot tall (to tallest cane, seldom have ocotillo)
Saguaros - Sliding scale $7 for 5", $45 for 2', $75 for 3', $100 for 4' tall (seldom have saguaros)
Cholla - about $8 to $25 depending on size (usually dug on request only)
Prickly Pear - about $7 to $15 depending on size (usually dug on request only)

TCSS Members receive a 10% discount from marked tag prices.

Anyone who is interested in purchasing rescued cactus can place their name on our Cactus Sale notification list by emailing cactusrescue@tucsoncactus.org.

Please note that we do not ship or take orders. Contact local nurseries for these services, see our C&S Nurseries and Booksellers link.


For more information and photos of any of these Cacti, refer to our online C&S Plants Database.

We have two downloadable PDF publications to help you plant and care for your rescued plants:

How to Plant & Care for Your New Ocotillo

How to Plant & Care for Saguaro, Barrel or Hedgehog Cactus