Pronounciation: Mam-a-LAR-ee-a la-see-a-CAN-tha
Landscape Use: This is an excellent accent plant for small desert, rock and succulent gardens.
Form & Character: Rounded, diminuative, dainty, fragile, charming, pure.
Growth Habit: Mostly a diminuative succulent, barrel cactus, but with age will develop a slight columnar habit to 6 inches tall and "knobby" branches, mostly smaller.
Foliage/Texture: Spines 25 or more per areole, in several series but all equally thin, mostly appressed, white or very pale pink, often minutely tipped pinkish brown; fine texture.
Flowers & Fruits: Produces a ring of small and delicate striped, white, brown, orange to pink flowers, fruit inconspicuous.
Seasonal Color: Flowers profusely in early spring.
Temperature: Very heat tolerant, but freeze sensitive.
Light: Full sun to partial shade, not western sun in Phoenix. Does best in an eastern exposure.
Soil: Does best in alkaine, rocky, well-drained soil.
Watering: Rarely needs supplemental irrigation.
Propagation: Seed, rare.
Disease and pests: None.
Additional comments: Mammillaria are generally smaller and more delicate cacti with much visual appeal when used in intimate landscape settings such as desert rock gardens.