Mammillaria 'Fred'

Mammillaria bocasana

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Mammillaria (mam-mil-AR-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: bocasana (bo-ka-SAY-na) (Info)
Cultivar: Fred


Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


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under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


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)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual


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Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 23, 2005, rosemaryjnn from Clinton, OH wrote:

two years ago i found "fred" and bought four..i excite easily..i passed three out to fellow growers . mine and one more survived..mine was kept in full sun in summer(ohio) and greenhouse in grew its massive tight glob way..the other survivor has been kept on an enclosed porch with awnings (light, no sun) and in a kitchen in the winter..i have submitted a picture to show the complete oppisite growth it has is also very rubbery and squishy..much more so than the glob one and has no hairs..both grown in orchid like soil wich is probably wrong but my passion is epiphites and everything goes in that soil at my house. i believe the low light growing poses a marketing possibility as it is odd but not so odd as sun growth,


On Feb 20, 2005, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This 'Fred' cultivar is a bizarre variety that looks sort of like a cancerous growth- small, lumpy balls of cactus, some only a few centimeters across, growing in one large mass... spines are rare and plant looks more like some non-cactus succulent than a cactus.


On Feb 9, 2005, Xenomorf from Phoenix, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

The flowers on the subspecies are white-creamy to pinkish and the spines are used to make fishhooks in Mexico
The subspecies 'bocasana' has 30-50 radial bristle-hair-spines per areole and Red fruit.
The subspecies 'eschauzieri' has 20-30 radial bristle-hair-spines per areole and Pink fruit.
The forma 'multilanata' has an extreme abundance of wool-hairs and yellow flowers.
The Horticultural cultivar 'Fred' looks like green golf balls.
There is also a forma known as 'hirsuta'