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Mammillaria prolifera subsp. texana

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Mammillaria (mam-mil-AR-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: prolifera subsp. texana

Synonym:Mammillaria pusilla var. texana
Synonym:Mammillaria texana
Synonym:Mammillaria multiceps var. texana
Synonym:Escobariopsis prolifera subsp. texana
Synonym:Cactus stellatus var. texanus

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Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

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Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
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:
From woody stem cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
From seed; direct sow after last frost

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 Apr 10, 2005, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

The 'prolifera' & 'haitiensis' subspecies have thicker stems (2.5-3 inch) than the 'arachnoidea & 'texana' subspecies (down to 1.6 inch thick).
The subspecies 'prolifera' has cream to pinkish yellow flowers & yellow spines.
The subspecies 'arachnoidea' has fine & thinner central spines & narrower funnel shaped pinkish flowers.
The subspecies 'haitiensis' has cream-white-yellow flowers and more spines than the other subspecies which gives it a whiter appearance.
The subspecies 'texana' has brown & white spines and pinkish flowers.

More synonyms of this plant are Mammillaria prolifera var. texana, Mammillaria prolifera f. texana & Cactus texanus.


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

Phoenix, Arizona
Chester, New York
Harlingen, Texas
San Antonio, Texas

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