(This plant comes in a 3.5 inch 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).
Common names include Carmen pincushion cactus
Flowers: Diurnal, (usually) creamy white to pink or pale pink.
Blooming season: Plant blooms at the same time in late winter-early spring and is very generous with its flowers.
Cultivation and propagation: It’s a relatively rapid growing species. Water regularly in summer, but do not over-water (rot prone). Use a pot with good drainage and a very porous potting media. Keep dry in winter. It is quite frost resistant if kept dry, hardy as low as -5° C. Outside full sun or afternoon shade, inside it needs bright light, and some direct sun.
Easily clustering and easily flowered. Most plants will offset readily, and clumps can be produced in a few years.
Some of the information in this description has been found at desert-tropicals.com, llifle.com and cactus-art.biz
|Blooming Season||Late winter/early spring|
|Common Name||Carmen pincushion cactus|
|Frost Tolerance||-5° C|
|Growth Rate||Fast growth|
|Hardiness Zone||10a to 11|
|Height||Under 6 in|
|Scientific Name||Mammillaria carmenae|
|Sun Exposure||Full sun to light shade|