Mammillaria bombycina

Mammillaria Bombycina Silken Pincushion Cactus

(This plant comes in a 3.5" pot. You will receive a very similar plant to the one in the picture. It may or may not be blooming at the time of your purchase. The plant is shipped in its pot to prevent any damage to the roots).

Mammillaria bombycina is a popular cactus with bright green to grey stem. It belongs to the Cactaceae family and is known by its common name ‘Silken pincushion cactus’. The stem of the plant grows up to 8 inches in height and 2.4 inches in diameter. The origin of the winter-dormant plant is in Mexico.

Growth Rate

The growth rate of the Silken pincushion cactus is slow.

Water and Feeding/Fertilizer

You will need to water this variety once every week as overwatering will damage the plant. 


Mammillaria bombycina is a fast-draining cactus. It needs well-drained soil, and adding perlite, pumice, or coarse sand is ideal. 


The hardiness of the plant is 9, with a frost tolerance of -3°C (26.6°F). 


This plant needs partial shade to grow. 


Mammillaria bombycina is one of the easiest species to grow. Propagation is possible through seeds or by sowing.

The Silken pincushion cactus is the most adorable-looking plant. The flowers are the main attraction. You can choose this cactus to décor your garden or home.

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Blooming Season Spring
Common Name The silken pincushion cactus
Dormancy Winter
Family Cactaceae
Flower Pink or white
Frost Tolerance -3°c
Growth Rate Medium
Hardiness Zone 9
Height 20 cm
Origin Mexico
Pot Size 3.5"
Scientific Name Mammillaria bombycina
Shape Cylindrical
Sun Exposure Partial shade
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Kevin C.
United States United States

Very nice cacti

So far, so good! They arrived quickly. Well packed (and not so overly wrapped you would ***** yourself opening them!). Very nice specimens. Three — all healthy. I replanted them in a 10” long pot and have them on my windowsill. Of course, we are entering the “dormant” winter period so I’m expecting little growth until spring. Follow the directions!

Geoffrey P.
United States United States

Love it

Arrived in perfect condition. What a pretty little cactus!

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Susan S.
United States United States


Repotted it in an appropriately sized pot and it's now residing on a shelf where it gets late afternoon sun. Looking forward to seeing lots more red, hooked spines.

Jennifer S.
United States United States

Great packaging! Nice plants!

Letting all my plants sit in CO climate for a week before transplanting.

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Darlene F.
United States United States

I Love It!!

This little cutie arrived healthy, in perfect condition and lovingly packed to arrive in excellent shape. With fertilizer, water and sunshine, he is already beginning to grow! You are definitely my go-to place for cacti! Thank you!

Mammillaria bombycina

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