Mammillaria haageana Pfeiff.
Mammillaria haageana subsp. haageana, Mammillaria donatii, Mammillaria dyckiana, Mammillaria kunthii
Mammillaria haageana is a small cactus with a usually solitary, glaucous green, spiny, globular, or somewhat elongate stem with a woolly apex. The stem grows up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall and 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter. The tubercles are 4-angled, tipped by white spines radiating like a star, making the plant look lace-covered. There are usually two longer central spines. They are black to reddish, turning grey with age. Flowers are funnel-shaped, deep magenta-pink to pale pink, up to 0.4 inches (1 cm) long, and up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) in diameter.
USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
To encourage better flowering, allow the plants to enjoy a cooling period in the winter and suspend watering. Unlike many other cacti, which use their ribs as storage devices, Mammillaria feature raised tubercles, from which spines emerge. When you water, the tubercles will expand to increase water storage. The flowers emerge from the axils of these tubercles on the previous year's growth, which accounts for their interesting halo effect. The cactus mustn't be exposed to prolonged dampness and sitting water. Never let your cactus sit in a dish of water. Lastly, make sure to fertilize during the growing season for the best results.
Repot as needed, preferably during the warm season. To repot Mammillaria, make sure the soil is dry before repotting, then gently remove the pot. Knock away the old soil from the roots, making sure to remove any rotted or dead roots in the process. Treat any cuts with a fungicide. Place the plant in its new pot and backfill with potting soil, spreading the roots out as you repot. Leave the plant dry for a week or so, then begin to water lightly to reduce the risk of root rot.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Mammillaria.
This species is native to Mexico.
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