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Powder Puff Cactus
Scientific Name: Mammillaria bocasana Poselger
Synonym: Ebnerella haehneliana, Mammillaria seideliana, Chilita kunzeana, Mammillaria bocasana var. kunzeana, Neomammillaria kunzeana, Ebnerella kunzeana, Mammillaria kunzeana, Chilita knebeliana, Chilita haehneliana, Mammillaria knebeliana, Mammillaria haehneliana, Ebnerella bocasana, Chilita bocasana, Neomammillaria bocasana, Ebnerella knebeliana
Family: Cactaceae
Powder Puff Cactus (Mammillaria  bocasana)
Mammillaria bocasana at Holly Gate Nursery, Photo Terry Hewitt
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 13-24, 29, 30
USDA: 8-10

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 10 F (-12C), some reports give it hardy only to 28 F (-2C)

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

Sun Exposure: Light shade in summer in Phoenix, full sun elsewhere

Origin: Central Mexico (San Luis Potosi, Zacatecas, Queretaro states)

Growth Habits: Clumping, spherical, blue-green cactus with hairy spines, 2.5 inches in diameter (6 cm)

Watering Needs: Regular water in summer, but prone to rot if overwatered.

Propagation: Division, seeds

Mammillaria bocasana is an attractive Mammillaria. The fine hair hides hooked spines. Several cultivars exist with varying quantity of wool, and flower color. The plants sold as 'forma multilanata' are very woolly, with yellow flowers.

Powder Puff Cactus (Mammillaria  bocasana)

Mammillaria bocasana 'roseiflora'

Blooming Habits:
Yellowish pink or yellow flowers are produced in spring and summer.

Fruiting Habits:

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