Mammillaria compressa

2 Gallon $15.00

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Mammillaria compressa

  • Names and Synonyms:  
    Neomammillaria compressa, Cactus compressa, Mammillaria angularis f. compressa, Mammillaria angularis var. compressa, Mammillaria angularis, Mammillaria bernalensis, Mammillaria cirrhifera, Mammillaria conopsea, Mammillaria centricirrha var. conopsea, Cactus conopseus, Mammillaria esseriana, Mammillaria tolimensis, Mammillaria conopea, Mammillaria esseriana
  • Common Names:  
    Mother of Hundreds
  • Family:  
    Cactaceae
  • Origin:  
    This plant originates from the central Mexican states of Hidalgo, Queretaro, Guanajuato, Tamaulipas, Nuevo León and San Luis Potosi
  • Size Label:  
    2 Gallon
  • Height:  
    6"
  • Width:  
    12"
  • USDA Zones:  
  • Cold Tolerance:  
    20 to 25°F, -6.7 to -3.9°C
  • Heat Tolerance:  
    Very high heat tolerance
  • Light Requirement:  
    Light shade to full sun
  • Water needs:  
    Very drought tolerant but can take light irrigation in summer
  • Maintenance:  
    None
  • Uses:  
    Works well in cactus gardens as a low spreading medium-scale ground cover. It will can be grown in containers as well and will quickly offset to fill them. This is an easy Mammillaria to grow, resistant to rot and erratic watering. This plant has sharp spines and should be located away from foot traffic.
  • Propagation:  
    This plant is easily propagated by dividing offsets or can be grown from seed. Fruit should be significantly overripe before harvesting seeds. From seed it germinates best in vitro in gelatin or agar.
  • Problems:  
    Few to none if grown in well-draining soil
  • Special notes:  
    This is a fast growing Mammillarias species. It is a grey-green globular cactus which spreads by division to form small colonies. Underground it grows a long club-shaped caudex root to store water. Above ground the cactus is covered in angular tubercules that have 4 to 6 bristly, radial ½" – 1" spines. The axils often display wool and bristles, the amount of wool varies by seedling. In early spring it flowers with ¼ to ½" flowers of carmine red to pink, which form a ring around the crown of each cactus. Growth is quicker in richer well-draining soils.