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Mammillaria plumosa

Feather cactus

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Features

  • BloomsOctober to August
  • Height0.08m to 0.12m
  • Spread0.25m to 0.35m
  • Growth HabitCactus-like
  • Flower ColourCream-green yellow, pink
  • Leaf ColourMid green white
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Mammillaria plumosa (Feather cactus). This cactus is native to Mexico, it will form a thick felty, mound which is about 15cm high and 38cm wide. In the winter, creamy-green, pink or yellow flowers will appear.

Characteristics

Perennial, Cactus

Origin

N.E.Mexico

Interest and use

Grown for their funnel-shaped flowers.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilLight, Sandy
  • WaterDry

Cultivation

They are frost-tender cacti's they require full sun for maximum flowering. They are easy to grow, and prefer light, sandy soil. You can propagate from seeds in the spring and summer, or from offsets in summer.

Propagation

You can propagate by seed in the spring and summer, or from offsets in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Mealy bug and red spider mite can be a problem.

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