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Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Houseplant
Wildlife Attractant: Hummingbirds
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth

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Common names
  • Cabeza de Viejo
  • Old Man’s Head
  • Cabeza Blanca
  • Old Man Pincushion Cactus
  • Mammillaria

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Location: Baja California
Date: 2023-03-15
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona my yard
Date: 2014
Location: Baja California
Date: 2023-03-13
Location: South Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2024-03-19
After overwintering in an unheated greenhouse.
Location: San Clemente
Date: 2021-04-12
Location: Bergianska Tradgarden
Date: 2014-03-23
Location: South Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2018-11-08
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona my yard
Date: 2014
Location: Bergianska Tradgarden
Date: 2014-03-23
Location: Baja California
Date: 2022-08-15
Location: San Clemente
Date: 2021-04-14
Love Spring!
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Photo Courtesy of Mountain Crest Gardens. Used with permission.
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: South Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2018-06-21
Location: In my collection. Poland.
Location: South Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2024-04-17

Photo Courtesy of Mountain Crest Gardens. Used with permission.
  • Uploaded by Joy

Photo Courtesy of Mountain Crest Gardens. Used with permission.
  • Uploaded by Joy
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Comments:
  • Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Sep 26, 2020 4:51 PM concerning plant:
    Low, spiny, clumping cactus from western Mexico with outstanding large (for the genus) red flowers. Stems grow to about 4 inches in diameter. Each areole has 4-6 central spines (2 of which are hooked), and dozens of radial spines. Flowers (late winter/early spring) are 2-3 inches wide and do not appear to require sun to open fully. From high elevations in Chihuahua, Jalisco, Sinaloa. Formerly in the genus (now subgenus) Mammillopsis. There is apparently also a white-flowered form in cultivation.
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