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Mammillaria herrerae (Golf Ball)


Scientific Name

Mammillaria solisioides Backeb.

Common Names

Golf Ball


Chilita herrerae, Escobariopsis herrerae, Neomammillaria herrerae

Scientific Classification

Family: Cactaceae
Subfamily: Cactoideae
Tribe: Cacteae
Subtribe: Cactinae
Genus: Mammillaria


Mammillaria herrerae is a small growing cactus that look like a little golf ball. It usually stays solitary, or occasionally clusters from the base. Stems are globose or slightly elongated as it ages, up to 1.4 inches (3.5 cm) in diameter and up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) tall. Flower are diurnal, quite large for a Mammillaria, pale pink to red-violet, up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) long and very showy. It starts flowering when it gets to be 5-7 years old, and reaches at least up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) in diameter.

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, the Mammillaria feature raised tubercles, from which spines emerge. When you water, the tubercles will expand to allow for increased water storage. The flowers emerge from the axils of these tubercles on the previous year's growth, which accounts for their interesting halo effect. It's imperative that the cactus is not exposed to prolonged dampness and sitting water. Never let your cactus sit in a dish of water. Lastly, make sure to fertilizer during the growing season for the best results. Repot as needed, preferably during the warm season.

To repot a cacti, 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… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Mammillaria.


Native to Mexico (very small area in Queretaro).


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