General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Fruit: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth

Common names
  • Owl's Eyes
  • Biznaga de Areola Dorada
  • Mammillaria
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Mammillaria parkinsonii
  • Synonym: Mammillaria morganiana

Photo Gallery
Location: Summerwinds Nursery, Phoenix Arizona
Date: 2012-03-27
Location: Scottsdale, AZ My home
Date: 2015-02-03
Location: San Diego Botanic Garden
Date: 2018-07-15
Uploaded by mcvansoest
Location: US Botanical Gardens, Washingron DC, US
Date: 2017-11-11
Owl-eye pincushion (Mammillaria parkinsonii). Called Owl-eye cact
Location: Querétaro
Date: 2016-12-17
Location: National Botanical Garden (DC) | November 2022
Date: 2022-11-26
Location: Baja California
Date: 2023-07-25
Location: From my collection. Poland.
Location: San Diego Botanic Garden
Date: 2018-07-15
Location: From my collection. Poland.
Date: 2018-08-21
Location: Botanical Garden of Berlin
Date: 2012-07-23
Location: Nationale Plantentuin Meise (Botanical Garden near Brussels)
Date: 2016-01-26
Location: BG Berlin (Germany)
Date: 2015-11-16
Location: National Botanical Garden, DC, Virginia :) | May, 2022
Date: 2022-05-28
  • Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Mar 3, 2022 8:33 PM concerning plant:
    Dichotomously branching Mammillaria with blue-green stems, abundant white wool and spines, pale yellow flowers, and reddish orange fruit. Individual stems may grow to 6 inches tall, 4-6 inches in diameter. Clumps may reach a few times that size. 2-5 stiff central spines, the upper ones much shorter than the lower ones; 30+ radial spines.

    From Querétaro, Mexico. Old, multiheaded specimens can be spectacular. The overall appearance of the plant is white, due to the spines, bristles and wool. The overall appearance and especially the spines can be quite variable. The long lower central spines may make it difficult to handle and repot. As with any plant that has this much wool and spines, strong light is very important in cultivation.

    This is one of a few Mammillarias which branch dichotomously, by division of the growth center, and one of its common names relates to its appearance right after division. Other plants in this group include muehlenpfordtii and nejapensis.

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