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Feather Cactus
Scientific Name: Mammillaria plumosa F.A.C. Weber
Synonym: Ebnerella plumosa, Chilita plumosa
Family: Cactaceae
Feather Cactus (Mammillaria  plumosa) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 8-24, 29, 30
USDA: 9-10

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 20F (6C)

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

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

Origin: Mexico (Nuevo Leon, Coahuila)

Growth Habits: Clumping, spherical, green cactus, 2 inches wide stems or more (5 cm)

Watering Needs: Regular water in summer, do not let the soil comes too dry in winter either. Still provide good drainage since it is a rot prone species.

Propagation: Seeds, offsets

Mammillaria plumosa has beautiful feathery looking spines, and white flowers. The name plumosa means 'feathery'.

Feather Cactus (Mammillaria  plumosa)

Feather Cactus (Mammillaria  plumosa)

Cultural Practices:
This is one of the Mammillarias that does better with charcoal and gravel in the soil mix.

Blooming Habits:
Whitish yellow flowers (occasionally with a pink stripe) with strong sweet scent.

Fruiting Habits:

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