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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
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.

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.

Normally by offsets or from seed.

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