Mammillaria spinosissima


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Key information

Plant type

Cactus or succulent

Flower colour





Half hardy

Skill level


Mammillaria spinosissima

Plant details

Mammillaria is a genus of spiny cacti native to the desert regions of Central America, particularly Mexico. Plants usually form clusters of spherical or columnar stems, and bear funnel-shaped flowers.

Mammillaria spinosissima bears bright pink flowers and spines. The central spines are a reddish-brown or yellow. For best results grow in cactus compost in containers in full sun. Water from mid-spring to summer only, and feed once a month with a special cactus fertiliser. Mammillaria spinosissima is best grown as a houseplant but containers may be moved to a sunny, sheltered patio in midsummer.

Family: Cactaceae

Genus: Mammillaria

Species: spinosissima

Plant type: Cactus or succulent

Flower colour: Mixed

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 15cm

Spread: 8cm

Time to plant seeds: March to April

Flowering period: March to May

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