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botanical name:
Mammillaria bombycina
Mammillaria bombycina © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Silken Pincushion Cactus
synonyms:  Chilita bombycina, Escobariopsis bombycina, Ebnerella bombycina, Neomammillaria bombycina
family:  Cactaceae
characteristics: perennial, evergreen
height: 0.20m
width: 0.45m
growth rate: slow
growth habit:
leaf colour:
flower colour: pink
fruit colour: light green
stem/bark: grey-green
main season: All Year
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: dry soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -2°C
USDA zone: 10 to 11
description:
Eventually makes a clump of elongated rounded heads, covered by fine whitish radial spines with 2 or 4 larger central orange-brownish hooked spines. Deep puplish pink flowers in early summer, encircling the crowns of the heads.

cultivation:
Sharply drained gritty soil in sun or light part shade. Keep dry in winter. Best kept with a minimum temperature of about 5°C, but will survive colder periods in dry conditions. Fairly easy to grow.

propagation:
Normally by offsets or from seed.

other notes:
RHS AGM

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