2 inch mammillaria spinosissima
2 inch mammillaria spinosissima
2 inch mammillaria spinosissima
2 inch mammillaria spinosissima
2 inch mammillaria spinosissima

Mammillaria spinosissima Red Headed Irishman

(This plant comes in a 2 inch pot. All of our plants are grown under the same conditions, although not all the plants are the same. You will receive a similar plant in size and shape to the ones in the pictures. Our plants are hand-picked and carefully selected to bring you the best quality possible. Please allow us up to 3 business days to process your order. If you wish to receive your order on a specific date, or have special instructions, please add a note at the checkout. The plant is shipped in its pot to prevent any damage to the roots.)

Mammillaria spinosissima is a fast-growing cactus originating from Mexico. Commonly known as Spiny Pincushion Cactus or Red Headed Irishman, this cylindrical plant is quite easy to cultivate. The winter-dormant plant belongs to the Cactaceae family and grows up to 12 inches in height. The purple-colored flowers of these cacti look truly exceptional. 

Growth rate

The Spiny pincushion cactus has a fast growth rate. The plant is not very demanding.


You get to enjoy seeing purple-yellow blooms from early to mid-summer. The cactus is certainly a must-have in your cactus collection.


Summertime irrigation should be consistent but not excessive. In winter, maintain dryness with plenty of airflow. Low air humidity during the dormancy period is recommended. 


This species prefers regular cactus mix soil that is quite porous and contains minimal organic materials.


The Red Headed Irishman cactus is hardy in zones 8 to 11. It is frost-resistant and cannot survive in temperatures less than 23° F (-5° C).


This Mammillaria species prefers bright, direct sunshine but needs partial shade as well. If left in the sun's direct rays for too long, susceptible to sunburn.


The propagation of these cacti can be done by seeds or cuttings.

The Mammillaria spinosissima red-headed Irishman grows best indoors, though pots can be transferred to a sunny, protected patio in the middle of the summer. Check this one on Planet Desert!

Some of the information in this description has been found at desert-tropicals.com, llifle.com and cactus-art.biz

Blooming Season Early-mid summer
Common Name Spiny pin cushion
Dormancy Winter
Family Cactaceae
Flower Purple yellow
Frost Tolerance 13 °c
Growth Rate Fast
Hardiness Zone 8 to 11
Height 12 in
Origin Mexico
Pot Size 2 inch
Scientific Name 2 inch mammillaria spinosissima
Shape Cylindrical
Sun Exposure Full sun

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David B.
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A Must Have in anyone's Collection!!!

What a Truly Exquisite Plant!!! So Vibrant and Full of Promise!!! Thanks!!!

Diane E.
United States United States

Hello Spines

These are really cool cacti with great spines and very healthy looking roots and just plain gorgeous. The price was wonderful, shipping is super fast and packaging is always the best. Anything you buy at Planet Desert is the best quality and they have such a huge selection. I will be back for more.


It appears to be in good health, and I can't wait for it to develop and blossom.


Much better than a competitor, and I'm really pleased with it.

2 inch mammillaria spinosissima

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