Hot Cactus

Best Succulent and Cactus Store, August 2015

The pint-size Hot Cactus in Echo Park encompasses just 350 square feet, but it’s crammed with about 150 sculptural specimens of water-thrifty plants, more than a few of them difficult to find elsewhere. Co-owner John Morera was a bonsai man before converting to cacti, and a visit often includes tales of a cohort’s journeys to eccentric collectors’ farms along California’s southern border. Beyond the spiky stuff, the store schedules poetry readings, album-listening sessions, and the occasional, slightly hazardous dance party.