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Mammillaria mazatlanensis

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Mammillaria (mam-mil-AR-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: mazatlanensis

Synonym:Mammillaria mazatlanensis subsp. mazatlanensis
Synonym:Mammillaria mazatlanensis var. occidentalis
Synonym:Mammillaria littoralis
Synonym:Mammillaria occidentalis var. sinalensis
Synonym:Mammillaria occidentalis

Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

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Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From woody stem cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
From seed; direct sow after last frost
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Xenomorf On Mar 17, 2005, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

The subspecies 'mazantlanensis' has 1-3 central spines; Pink to Carmine Red to red-purple flowers.
The subspecies 'patonii' has 4 central spines; Purple flowers.

More synonyms of this plant are: Escobariopsis mazatlanensis, Chilita mazatlanensis, Ebnerella mazatlanensis

Positive palmbob On Jan 28, 2005, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Small, fast growing/clumping hardy cactus from Mexico... good for outdoors in southern California- can handle full sun except in the most blistering of climates. Straight-spines species with dark coloration of columns.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona

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