Ladyfinger Cactus (Mammillaria elongata)

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Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Dry
Plant Height: 6 inches
Plant Spread: 12 inches
Fruit: Edible to birds
Flower Color: Red
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern

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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Feb 25, 2018 6:48 PM

Distinctive low, clumping cactus from central Mexico with cylindrical stems. Relatively common in cultivation. Various named and unnamed cultivars are available, but the most common forms locally have creamy yellow to orange-brown spines and whitish flowers. A version with red spines and flowers also exists. Large mature clumps can be quite striking.

The two subspecies (echinaria and elongata) occur together in habitat and can be distinguished based on the presence of 2-3 dark central spines (echinaria), the width of the stems, and the topography they prefer.

Easy to start from cuttings. Provide excellent drainage and strong light. Avoid deep pots. These plants thrive in day-long sun here and in habitat.

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