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Mammillaria rhodantha

Pincushion cactus

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Features

  • BloomsJune to August
  • Height0.25m to 0.4m
  • Spread0.25m to 0.4m
  • Growth HabitCactus-like
  • Flower ColourPurple pink
  • Leaf ColourGreen

Description

Mammillaria rhodantha (Pincushion cactus). A single cylindrical cactus with mid green stems to 10cm with white woolly areoles and yellowish spines. Purpleish flowers to 2cm are produced from summer. From Mexico. Frost tender.

Characteristics

Perennial, Cactus

Origin

C Mexico

Interest and use

Grown for their funnel-shaped flowers.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Light, 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 bugs and foot rot.

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