Mammillaria spinosissima cristata

Mammillaria spinosissima subsp. cristata

Brain cactus

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Flowers

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Plant does flower in May

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  • Botanical name: Mammillaria spinosissima subsp. cristata
  • Common name: Brain cactus
  • Family: Cactaceae
  • Plant Type: Cactus or succulent, House plant, Evergreen
Foliage colour:

Green

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.

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Mammillaria spinosissima bears bright pink flowers and spines. The central spines are a reddish-brown or yellow. Mammillaria spinosissima cristata is an unusual form, its wave-like, undulating stems give it its common name: brain cactus.

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For best results grow Mammillaria spinosissima cristata 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. Best grown as a houseplant, it may be moved to a sunny, sheltered patio for summer.

How to grow Mammillaria spinosissima

  • Plant size

    20cm height

    30cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Mammillaria spinosissima and wildlife

Mammillaria spinosissima has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Mammillaria spinosissima poisonous?

Mammillaria spinosissima has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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