Botanical name: Mammillaria
Botanical name: Mammillaria
Mammillaria are recognized as cacti with clusters of column-like or spherical stems, mammillaria produce tubular-shaped flowers. They are low-growing evergreens that are often cultivated for containers in tropical climates. Gardeners like them as they are easy to look after.
Species of Mammillaria
Mammillaria vetula 'Arizona Snowcap' is a flowering cactus that is valued as an ornamental species. Mammillaria vetula 'Arizona Snowcap' is a mutation of Mammillaria vetula. This species should be repotted regularly when grown in cultivation. The soil should be allowed to dry out completely during repotting.
Spiny pincushion cactus
Spiny pincushion cactus (Mammillaria spinosissima) is a cactus that can grow to be 41 cm tall. Spiny pincushion cactus is named for its shape. It is short and squat with a shape similar to a pin cushion. It grows in tropical dry forests and deserts and prefers rocky or sandy stone soils.
Thimble cactus, or thimble mammillaria, is a small thimble-shaped cactus with an interwoven network of spines. It grows in small clusters and produces tiny flowers. Small offshoots can form new plants. Thimble mammillaria grows best in well-draining soil and part shade.
Graham's nipple cactus
Graham's nipple cactus (Mammillaria grahamii) is a cactus that will grow to from 10 to 13 cm tall. Its white spines cover the plant almost entirely. It also has interesting fishhook-shaped spines sticking out in all directions. It blooms pink flowers in summer that surround the stem in a halo of color. Fruits ripen during fall and winter producing small black seeds. Commonly found growing in California Texas and Mexico.
Little nipple cactus
Little nipple cactus (Mammillaria heyderi) is a small cactus that will grow to 4 inches tall and 4 inches wide. A solitary globular-shaped cactus with a sunken top and milky sap. It blooms from spring to summer with pink flowers and produces small red fruits from summer to spring. Thrives in full sun and well-drained soil.
Isla carmen pincushion cactus
Isla carmen pincushion cactus (Mammillaria carmenae) is a globular cactus that grows in the wild in a very small geographical range within Mexico. The isla carmen pincushion cactus grows in rocky crevices and pine forests. This species is endangered in its natural habitat due to illegal collection. The isla carmen pincushion cactus is often cultivated as a houseplant, but it must be kept warm in winter.
Strawberry cactus is a cactus found in the scrub of North America's western Colorado Desert. It produces edible fruit, with a strawberry-like flavor, hence its common name. This sun-loving succulent provides an interesting display with its showy flowers.
Golf ball cactus
The golf ball cactus is similar in appearance to the Thimble cactus, with both having white thorns. However, the golf ball cactus hardly ever grows a sub-ball from its bulb, and usually remains in the form of a "snowball". Its thorns are dense, but, instead of growing upright, they cling to their succulent stems, making this a rare cactus that is thorny but doesn't sting.
Twin-spined cactus are recognized as cacti with clusters of column-like or spherical stems, twin-spined cactus produce tubular-shaped flowers. They are low-growing evergreens that are often cultivated for containers in tropical climates. Gardeners like them as they are easy to look after.
Mammillaria mystax is an ornamental cactus popular for both its rounded form with spiked leaves and its bright pink flowers. It copes well with drought but can only be grown outdoors in warmer climates. Overwatering can be a problem because it is vulnerable to root rot.
The thimble cactus is a small cactus with small, radial spines, and looks a little like silver-gloved fingers when viewed from a distance. Its seedlings are oval and its stems elongate into a columnar shape over time. The stems produce multiple small balls - by gently removing a small lateral ball and planting it, you will soon have a brand new thimble cactus.
Texas nipple cactus
Texas nipple cactus (Mammillaria prolifera) is a low-growing cactus that produces yellowish or pinkish blossoms in the springtime. It has sharp edges so should be handled with caution. This plant is popular for landscaping.
Common fishhook cactus
Mammillaria tetrancistra is commonly known as common fishhook cactus. It is native to the Sonoran and Mojave deserts in Mexico and the southwestern United States. It blooms showy pink to light purple flowers. Do not over-water.
Rainbow pincushion (Mammillaria rhodantha) is a flowering cactus species native to . Rainbow pincushion is a popular low maintenance houseplant that does not require very much water and grows best in partial sunlight. This species cannot tolerate low temperatures and should be grown indoors in areas with a cold climate.
Mammillaria is a cotton ball-looking ornamental cactus with little but extremely sharp white spines. It grows at a very slow pace. Thanks to its beautiful funnel-shaped flowers that range from white to yellow, pink to red, this plant is often used as an ornamental feature in gardens. It can store water for drought survival.
Pincushion cactus (Mammillaria crinita) is a flowering cactus native to Mexico. Pincushion cactus is often grown for ornamental purposes as a houseplant. For optimal flowering as a houseplant and garden plant, pincushion cactus should not be watered during the winter season. Like other cacti, it should not be allowed to remain in standing water for long periods of time.
Gold lace cactus
Gold lace cactus (Mammillaria elongata) is a flowering cactus species native to Mexico. Gold lace cactus is commonly cultivated as an ornamental species and is also commonly known as the ladyfinger cactus. In order to ensure optimal flowering of this species, watering should be suspended during the winter. As a houseplant, gold lace cactus cannot tolerate damp soil for prolonged periods of time.
Old lady cactus
Old lady cactus (Mammillaria hahniana) is a flowering cactus in the family Cactaceae. Old lady cactus is native to central Mexico. This species is considered to be nearly threatened in some areas and is listed on the IUCN Red List of threatened species. In order to grow in temperate regions, old lady cactus must be grown under glass with heat. It should be kept dry in the winter, and watered during its active growth cycle in the summer.
Mother of hundreds
Mother of hundreds (Mammillaria compressa) is a flowering cactus native to northern and southern Mexico. Spines from the mother of hundreds have been traditionally used as fish hooks in Mexico. This species is planted in rock gardens and cultivated as a houseplant. It grows best in partial shade to full sunlight in well-drained soil.
Mammillaria poselgeri are recognized as cacti with clusters of column-like or spherical stems, mammillaria poselgeri produce tubular-shaped flowers. They are low-growing evergreens that are often cultivated for containers in tropical climates. Gardeners like them as they are easy to look after.
Mammillaria albilanata is covered so thickly with white, almost fur-like spikes, that it is given a woolly appearance, nearly concealing the base of the cactus. It blooms with a crown of shockingly pink flowers from early spring to early summer, making it one of the most attractive varieties of cactus.
Mammillaria mazatlanensis are recognized as cacti with clusters of column-like or spherical stems, mammillaria mazatlanensis produce tubular-shaped flowers. They are low-growing evergreens that are often cultivated for containers in tropical climates. Gardeners like them as they are easy to look after.
Solitary plants are cylindrical, with erect stem to about 61 cm high and 8 to 10 cm in diameter. The color is dark green to blue green.
Mammillaria phitauiana are recognized as cacti with clusters of column-like or spherical stems, mammillaria phitauiana produce tubular-shaped flowers. They are low-growing evergreens that are often cultivated for containers in tropical climates. Gardeners like them as they are easy to look after.
Mammillaria microhelia is a native Mexican cactus that is a popular ornamental species with attractive yellow flowers. This is an easy-to-care-for species that grows well in partial to full sunlight and is reasonably frost-hardy, meaning it can be grown outdoors in many climates, although it prefers warmth. In winter, this cactus becomes dormant and requires very little water.
Care Guide for Mammillaria
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