Feather Cactus (Mammillaria plumosa) in the Mammillarias Database

Common names:
Give a thumbs up Feather Cactus
Give a thumbs up Mammillaria
Give a thumbs up Biznaga Plumosa

Botanical names:
Mammillaria plumosa Accepted
Neomammillaria plumosa Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Dry Mesic
Dry
Plant Height: 12 inches
Plant Spread: 12-16 inches
Fruit: Other: Pinkish-purple fruit, that some might consider showy given the color of the cactus, but shaped like typical Mammillaria fruits
Flowers: Fragrant
Other: The white flowers blend in with the color of the plumose spines, but when pinkish in color the flowers are quite showy
Flower Color: Pink
White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
1"-2"
Flower Time: Year Round
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Offsets
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable for hanging baskets
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM

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Comments:
Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Feb 26, 2018 8:28 PM

Low, furry, clumping Mammillaria from dry northeastern Mexico with white or pink flowers. A dry growing plant; provide excellent drainage and do not overwater. Avoid deep pots. Provide strong light; most pronounced plumage in full sun. Water the soil, not the plant, so that water does not accumulate under the feathery spines and cause complications. Easy to propagate by division, but you have to do it with care as there may be considerable tap roots. A great looking, low-care plant for exposed locations and a reliable (if sometimes a bit shy) bloomer.

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