Mammillaria prolifera

Mammillaria prolifera

Mammillaria prolifera, commonly known as nipple cactus, West Indian nipple-cactus or Texas hair cactus, is a perennial cactus of the Cactaceae family. It is forming a clump of globose dark-green stems with cylindrical to conic hairy tubercles. It has 5 to 12 slender and straight central spines and 25 to 40 radial spines. Nipple cactus produces creamy-yellow flowers and red fruits with black seeds.


Common NameNipple Cactus/ West Indian Nipple-cactus/Texas Hair Cactus/ Little Candles
Botanical nameMammillaria prolifera
Life CyclePerennial
Basic ColourCreamy-yellow
Height8 -> 10 cm
HabitatGrasslands, Dry
Altitude400 – 2250 m
Bloom TimeMarch -> May
Plant TypeCactus, Succulent,
Fruit TypeBerry
different tolerancestell us
Used PartsWhole plant
Plant UsesOrnamental
Active substancesNo active substances known
USDA Zone8 (-12), 9 (-7), 10 (-1)
Sun ExposureSun, light shade
Soil pHNeutral
Soil MoistureDry
Soil Type Stony, Sandy, Peaty
Propagationby seeds / by sowing,
by Cuttings, Self sows
Germinationtell us
Pests/ DiseasesDisease free

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