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Common names:
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Botanical names:
Mammillaria candida Accepted
Mammillaria ortiz-rubiona Synonym
Mammilloydia candida Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Fruit: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Will Naturalize
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth


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Location: From my collection. Poland.Date: 2019-05-12
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Location: Montreal Quebec Canada Botanical Garden Date: 2017-03-26
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Location: Montreal Quebec Canada Botanical Garden Date: 2017-03-26
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Location: Chicago Botanic GardenDate: 2018-08-31
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Location: From my collection. Poland.
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Photo Courtesy of Mountain Crest Gardens. Used with permission.
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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Dec 24, 2018 9:59 PM

Spiny white snowball of a cactus from northeastern Mexico with white or pink flowers. Solitary or often clustering. Stems may grow to 2.5-5.5 inches in diameter and up to 12 inches tall. They are blue-green but obscured by many white spines (8-12 centrals, up to 120 radials). Flowers are pink or white.

This species was previously (1951) assigned by Franz Buxbaum as the sole member of the genus Mammilloydia, which was kept separate mainly based on seed features (not pitted; lacking perisperm). It has apparently been recombined with Mammillaria, one of the largest genera of cacti.

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