Mammillaria spinosissima
Mammillaria spinosissima
Mammillaria spinosissima
Mammillaria spinosissima
Mammillaria spinosissima
Mammillaria spinosissima

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.

Flowering

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

Watering

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. 

Soil

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

Hardiness
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).

Light

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.

Propagation

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 3.5"
Scientific Name Mammillaria spinosissima
Shape Cylindrical
Sun Exposure Full sun

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ZW
01/26/2022
Zack W.
United States United States

Zack

It looks great!!

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TM
03/10/2021
Troy M.
United States United States

Love it!

Nice size and quality plant. One of my favorites

RS
08/19/2020
Rachelle S.
United States United States

What a cute little cactus

This cactus is so cute, hes healthy and has beautiful, i cant wait to watch him grow.

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KT
07/25/2020
Kanjana T.
United States United States

too small and shipping is over price.

LH
10/23/2019
Lai H.
United States United States

Love my cactuses

All cactuses was healthy and packaging was excellent. Owner was nice on the phone. Thank you for the extra little rocks, will buy more next time.

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Depending on the species and season, 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.

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