Mammillaria polythele Toluca
Mammillaria polythele Toluca
Mammillaria polythele Toluca
Mammillaria polythele Toluca
Mammillaria polythele Toluca
Mammillaria polythele Toluca
Mammillaria polythele Toluca
Mammillaria polythele Toluca
Mammillaria polythele Toluca
Mammillaria polythele Toluca
Mammillaria polythele Toluca

Mammillaria polythele 'Toluca' is a nursery produced cultivar. It was cultivated to have no spines or one or two small spines per areole. Mammillaria polythele is native to Mexico.

Sun: These cacti prefer lots of sun, at least five hours of direct sun daily. Indoors a south facing window is ideal. Outdoors, place them in a spot where they will get plenty of sun exposure. If you are growing this plant outdoors be sure to provide it with light shade to protect it from intense, peak afternoon sun.

Water: prefer to stay on the dry side. In the summer water them only when the soil has dried out entirely. Always err on the side of underwatering. They are built to withstand drought, and overwatering is one of the quickest ways to kill them.
During the winter it’s safe to cut back on watering entirely. This will encourage flowering during the spring!

Stems: Elongated, cylindrical, usually erect but sometimes sprawling, dull green to dark bluish green, 30 to 60 cm high (rarely to 80), 5 to 15 cm in diameter(rarely to 17), but flowering just when 5 x 5 cm. Typical subsp. polythele, has stems 8-10 cm in diameter.

Tubercles: Prominent, globular pyramidal-conical, nearly terete, teat-like, somewhat narrowed toward apex, 9-14 long, 8 mm in diameter, milky, in about 21 spirals axils of young tubercles densely long-woolly, the wool nearly covering the top of the plant, in age becoming naked without axillary bristles.

Central spines: Looking like radials and often confused with them, sometimes only 2 at first (in subsp. polythele) and pointing up and down, later 3-4 or more, somewhat spreading, unequal, pale to dark brown, sometimes reddish brown, in some variants yellowish, 8-17 (rarely to 25) mm long.

Radial: Absent or rudimentary.

Flowers: From near top of plant, rose to pinkish purple, to 8-19 mm long ,10-14 mm in diameter; perianth-segments narrow, acuminate.

Blooming season: Summer.

Fruits: Club shaped, dull red or purplish.

Seeds: Small brownish to dark brown.

Hardiness: Protect from frost. But it's hardy to -5°C if kept dry. A winter rest that allows the plant to shrivel (perhaps losing up to 25% of its summer height) will encourage flowering and long time survival.


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Blooming Season Late spring/early summer
Common Name Pin-cushion
Dormancy Winter
Family Cactaceae
Flower Scarlet (dark red)
Frost Tolerance 0°c
Growth Rate Slow growth
Hardiness Zone 10a to 11b
Height 15 cm
Origin Mexico
Scientific Name Mammillaria Polythele Toluca
Shape Cylindrical
Sun Exposure Sun to partial shade

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I ordered seven cacti from Planet Desert. They shipped them out immediately. All arrived in perfect condition, well packaged, and disease free. I am very satisfied with the transaction and the products. This is the second time I ordered from this company.

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Unique. With only a few short spines on its stem, this Mammillaria will not poke your fingers when you touch it. And it's striking to behold with its tubercles exposed and fuzzy flat top.

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If you live in a cold climate and are expecting temperatures below 40 degrees within the next five days after placing your order, we highly recommend adding a heat pack to your order. If you do not order a heat pack, we do not send one with your order.



To prevent plants from freezing while in transit, orders placed for areas with extreme severe freezing temperatures will be held for shipment until it is safe to ship.

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