With a few exceptions, most Mammillaria species are native to Mexico. This genus offers a fascinating array of globular-shaped cacti, each with distinctive colors and spine formations. Given the right conditions, most Mammillaria eventually bloom. The flowers are produced in a “crown” encircling the top of the plant. Blooms open in the morning and close in the afternoon. Flowers are sometimes followed by juicy seed berries, usually red in color, that appear months later. Some common names associated with the Mammillaria genus are: Fishhook, Powder Puff, Strawberry Pincushion and Old Lady Cactus. Be especially careful handling varieties with hooked spine tips; they can be difficult to remove from skin or fabrics.
Potted Mammillaria cacti can be grown outdoors in the summer and brought back inside when temperatures are expected to fall below 50 degrees F (10 degrees C). Can be grown outdoors year-round in frost-free climates, in a pot or in the ground.
Perfect for all kinds of containers. Shallow roots are especially suited to low pots or dish gardens. May be displayed outdoors in warmer weather. Mammilaria’s globular shapes and spiny texture give these cacti a modern, sculptural appeal.