Rose Pincushion Cactus

Mammillaria zeilmanniana


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Native to Mexico, this is an easily recognisable and very popular plant among collectors. A glossy green, globular cactus reaching up to 12.5 cm tall and up to 7.5 cm wide, it is famed for its clusters of gorgeous crimson violet flowers which are profuse most of the year. Flowering can be enhanced by allowing plants to have a cooling off period over winter with no watering. One of the most beautiful cactus species, it has reddish central spines as well as clusters of soft, hair-like white radial spines.

If given direct sunlight all year, the plant will have its most attractive coloured spines and will flower most easily. Outside, provide full sun or afternoon shade, inside it requires bright light and some direct sun. Water moderately. Also called: Rose Pincushion Cactus, Rose Pincushion, Pink Crown, Nipple Cactus, Fishhook Cactus. Note: plant has sharp spines so handle with care.


90 mm pot, Off set pup