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Mother of Hundreds
Scientific Name: Mammillaria compressa DC.
Synonym: Mammillaria esseriana, Mammillaria tolimensis, Cactus conopseus, Mammillaria centricirrha var. conopsea, Mammillaria conopsea, Mammillaria cirrhifera, Mammillaria angularis, Mammillaria angularis var. compressa, Mammillaria angularis, Cactus compressus, Neomammillaria compressa, Mammillaria bernalensis
Family: Cactaceae
Mother of Hundreds (Mammillaria  compressa) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 13-24, 29, 30
USDA: 8-11

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 20 F (-6C), some reports give it hardy only to 28 F (-2C)

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

Heat Tolerance: Light shade in summer in Phoenix

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Central Mexico (Hidalgo, Queretaro, San Luis Potosi)

Growth Habits: Clumping globular cactus, stems are up to 4 inches in diameter (10 cm), up to 10 inches tall (25 cm)

Watering Needs: Regular water in summer

Propagation: Offsets, seeds

The Mammillaria compressa clumps readily to make a huge mound, one of the largest of all the Mammillarias.

Mother of Hundreds (Mammillaria  compressa)

Mother of Hundreds (Mammillaria  compressa)

Blooming Habits:
The Mammillaria compressa has intense deep red flowers, 0.4 inches in diameter (1 cm) in winter. The flowers are rare in cultivation.

Fruiting Habits:

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