Family: Cactaceae
Habitat: Mexico, Southern United States, Central America and Caraibeean.
Cultivation: In a greenhouse, cultivate in standard soil for cactus in full light with shelter from the sun in the hottest hours. Outdoors plant in poor or moderately fertile soil, well drained, in the sun.
Curiosity: It is one of the largest species of cactacea and groups many species.


The genus Mammilaria refers to cacti plants originally from the southern United States and Mexico, though some of these plants can be found in Central America, in the Caribbean, as well as in Colombia and Venezuela. Due to the amplitude of the cataloged species – more than 150 – these succulents do not have always common characteristics, but often differ in shape, from  cylindrical stem (M. elongata) to  spherical one (M. carmenae). Even concerning the height, plants of this species may vary from a few cm to over thirty.

The common characteristic of this kind of cactus is the absence of rib and the presence of small tubercles that cover it completely, spirally arranged (and giving the name to the species). The flowers are funnel-shaped, diurnal, and are mainly worn in a ring around the crown and are of various colors, from red to pink, passing through the yellow and the orange.


Mammillaria is one of the most popular genera, with over 150 species present. Among the main species and variants we can remember the following.

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  • Mammillaria albiflora
  • M. aureilanata
  • M. bambusiphila var. parva
  • M. baumii (Dolichothele)
  • M. berkiana
  • M. blossfeldiana
  • M. bocasana
  • M. bocasana var. multilanata
  • M. bocasana forma cristata
  • M. bocasana var. multilanata cristata
  • M. bocasana var. multilanata “splendens” cristata
  • M. bocasana cv. FRED
  • M. bocasana cv. FRED forma cristata
  • M. bocasana mostruosa
  • M. bocasana cv. CATERPINCY
  • M. bombycina
  • M. bombycina cv. SPLIT SPINES
  • M. boolii
  • M. brevicrinita
  • M. cadereytensis
  • M. camptotricha cv. BRU
  • M. camptotricha cv. MADAM MARNIER
  • M. carmenae
  • M. carmenae “albiflora”
  • M. carmenae “rubrispina”
  • M. coahuilense
  • M. coahuilensis subsp. albiarmata
  • M. compacticaulis
  • M. compressa
  • M. compressa forma cristata
  • M. compressa cv. YOKAN
  • M. cowperae
  • M. crucigera
  • M. duoformis
  • M. duwei
  • M. duwei forma mostruosa
  • M. elongata cv. KOPPER KING
  • M. elongata mostruosa
  • M. eriacantha
  • M. erythra f ruber
  • M. flavicentra
  • M. formosa
  • M. fraileana
  • M. fraileana “YELLOW”
  • M. geminispina
  • M. geminispina nobilis cristata
  • M. glassii
  • M. glassii var. ascensionis
  • M. glochidiata var. xiloensis
  • M. gracilis
  • M. grahamii
  • M. grusonii
  • M. guelzowiana
  • M. elegans (haageana)
  • M. hernandezii
  • M. herrerae
  • M. herrerae forma mostruosa
  • M. herrerae forma cristata
  • M. heyderi subsp. gaumeri
  • M. heyderi var. applanata
  • M. huitzilopochtli
  • M. huitzilopochtli var. niduliformis
  • M. humboldtii
  • M. ignota
  • M. insularis
  • M. karwnskiana
  • M. karwnskiana ssp. nejapensis
  • M. lasiacantha
  • M. lasiacantha forma cristata
  • M. lasiacantha subsp. egregia
  • M. lenta
  • M. leptacantntha
  • M. lindsayi
  • M. longimamma (Dolichothele)
  • M. longimamma forma cristata
  • M. luethyi
  • M. luethyi forma cristata
  • M. luisae
  • M. magallanii
  • M. mainiae
  • M. mammillaris
  • M. maritima (Cochemiea maritima)
  • M. marcosii
  • M. marcosii ‘Yellow spines’ form
  • M. marksiana
  • M. marksiana “YELLOW”
  • M. microthele “superfina”
  • M. neobertrandiana
  • M. nivosa
  • M. nunezii
  • M. painterii
  • M. pectinifera
  • M. pectinifera forma mostruosa
  • M. pectinifera forma cristata
  • M. pectinifera forma polytomica
  • M. pennispinosa
  • M. perbella
  • M. perez-de-la-rosae
  • M. perez-de-la-rosae forma cristata
  • M. phitauiana
  • M. plumosa
  • M. polythele “inermis”
  • M. pringlei forma cristata
  • M. pullihamata
  • M. pseudoalamensis
  • M. rhodantha
  • M. saboae
  • M. saboae ssp. haudeana
  • M. saboae ssp. roczekii
  • M. sancez-mejorade
  • M. sheldonii
  • M. shiedeana ssp. giselae
  • M. schiedeana ssp. giselae ‘Albiflora’
  • M. schiedeana var. plumosa forma mostruosa
  • M. schumannii
  • M. sempervivi
  • M. senilis
  • M. senilis var. albiflora
  • M. sheinvariana
  • M. slevinii
  • M. solisioides
  • M. sphaerica (Dolichothele )
  • M. spinosissima “rubrispina”
  • M. spinosissima cv. UN PICO
  • M. spinosissima forma mostruosa
  • M. spinosissima auricoma cristata
  • M. spinosissima rubrispina cristata
  • M. stella-de-tacubaia
  • M. swinglei
  • M. supraflumen
  • M. tlalocii
  • M. tlalocii forma caespitosa
  • M. theresae
  • M. theresae forma albiflora
  • M. theresae forma cristata
  • M. theresae forma politomica
  • M. theresae forma brevispina
  • M. thornberi
  • M. trichacantha
  • M. uncinata
  • M. wohlschlageri
  • M. wildii f. cristata
  • M. wrightii
  • M. zeilmanniana
  • M. zephyranthoides (Dolichothele)


Here are our cultivation tips for Mammillaria:

  • EXPOSURE: In the greenhouse cultivate in full light, with shelter from the sun in the hottest hours. Outdoors, however, choose a position in the sun.
  • TEMPERATURE: It tolerates the heat, but not the low temperatures. Do not drop below a temperature of 5 ° C during the winter period.
  • WATERING: Water moderately from spring to autumn. During the winter temporarily suspend the watering, preserving the plant from excessive moisture.
  • SOIL: In greenhouse cultivate in standard soil for cactus. Outdoors in poor or moderately fertile soil, well drained.
  • CONCIMATION: It should be done regularly every 15 days with a cacti fertilizer  poor in nitrogen.
  • REPOT: Repot every year at the end of the vegetative period to support growth that is generally vigorous.
  • REPRODUCTION: It is usually done by sowing: the seed must be placed on the surface of a sandy and humid soil at about 20 ° C. Some species produce lateral suckers that can be cut and used as good cuttings.

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