Mammillaria carmenae

Note forming of yellowish-white flower buds.
Note forming of yellowish-white flower buds.
Note forming of yellowish-white flower buds.

The Mammillaria carmenae is only found in a very small region in Mexico. The two contiguous localities it grows in are treated as a single location. The current estimate for this species is an astoundingly small 71 individuals! Sadly, this population size is only continuing to decrease.

The Mammillaria carmenae is globular or ovoid. It effortlessly clusters and flowers. Flowers are white in color. Axils are woolly and contain bristles. Fruit is greenish. Most plants will offset readily. Clumps typically form in just a few years.


Escobariopsis carmenae (Castañeda) Doweld
Mammillaria carmenae f. albiflora hort.
Mammillaria carmenae f. cristata hort.
Mammillaria carmenae f. rubrispina hort.

Plant Details
USDA Zone Information: 
10a - 11
Flower : 
Ideal Light Conditions: 
Sun to partial shade
Ideal Water Conditions: 
Moderate in summer/Dry in winter
Speed of Growth: 
Mature Height: 
Mature Width: 
Latin Name: 
Mammillaria carmenae
Common Name: 
Carmen Pincushion Cactus

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