Mammillaria bombycina, Silken Pincushion Cactus is an easy-to-grow small Mammillaria from Central Mexico with distinctive reddish-brown hooked central spines amd woolly aureoles. It produces soft-pink flowers in the spring and summer followed by pale greenish-yellow seedpods.
Mammillaria bombycina never grows too large which together with its ease of cultivation makes it an ideal beginner cactus or as a gift, especially to a young or newly enthusiastic cactophile just starting their collection. It is a perfect first cactus for someone who you might wish to inspire with a love of plants. It is basically bombproof as long as you don't overwater it.
|Synonyms||Chilita bombycina, Ebnerella bombycina, Escobariopsis bombycina, Mammillaria cordigera, Neomammillaria bombycina|
|Geographical Origin||Mexico: Jalisco, Aguascalientes|
|Cultivation||Full sun. Warm aspect. Well drained substrate. Water from late February through to October, feeding regularly. Cease watering through winter|
|Hardiness||Tender in the UK. Houseplant or under glass. Protect with fleece during cold spells if in an unheated glasshouse|
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