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Texas Nipple Cactus
Scientific Name: Mammillaria prolifera (Mill.) Haw.
Synonym: Ebnerella prolifera, Mammillaria pusilla, Mammillaria prolifera var. multiceps, Chilita multiceps, Neomammillaria multiceps, Cactus multiceps, Ebnerella multiceps, Mammillaria multiceps, Mammillaria glomerata, Escobariopsis prolifera, Neomammillaria prolifera, Chilita prolifera, Cactus proliferus, Mammillaria stellaris, Cactus glomeratus
Family: Cactaceae
Texas Nipple Cactus (Mammillaria  prolifera)
Mammillaria prolifera at the Huntington Gardens in early July (HBG 58321)
Frost Tolerance: Hardy in Phoenix to 28F (-2C)

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

Sun Exposure: Light shade

Origin: Caribbean

Growth Habits: Clumping, 2 inches in diameter (5 cm)

Watering Needs: Water sparingly, needs good drainage


Texas Nipple Cactus (Mammillaria  prolifera)

As Mammillaria pusilla, areole, fruit and flower, pictures from K. Schumann

Blooming Habits:
The Mammillaria prolifera has pale yellow flowers in late winter to early spring. They are followed by red fruits.

Fruiting Habits:

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