The beautiful mess

in #gardeninglast year

Oh would you look at those messy hair!
But don't let them fool you. They look thin and maybe soft, but they hurt like hell! They are flexible in the point where the are attached to the mammilla, but they are so sharp! True needles.

Mammillaria camptotricha



Mammillaria camptotricha cactus flower 2.jpg

Also called Dolichothele camptotricha, but since I just cant remember that name, I will call them Mammillarias.
It is native to central Mexico and no wonder it does well in a very sandy soil I potted it in - it is a desert cactus! It gets partially filtered sun throughout the day, but I think I will have to shade it more to keep the nice green colour. It got a little bit pale.
The flowers are nothing special really, but it is all about the cactus itself and the spines that later on, when it gets older it should almost surround the body looking like a nest. Thus a common name Birds Nest Cactus.

Mammillaria camptotricha cactus flower 1.jpg

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I got it last fall in the supermarket and it still managed to bloom for me. It would much nicer with pink flowers, but those are cute too. I also repoted it straight away and it turned out that I have two plants in one pot. I splitted them and now I have two of the same plants already filling up the small pots.
They grow pretty fast producing shoots from the base. It is still a rather small plant and I don't expect it to be taller than few cm, but will spread and create very evil carpet.

Now that I think of it, Mammillarias are the largest group of cacti I own. But that is what happens when I buy them blindly in the shop.
Also they ones you get easily in flower shops and centers are rather easy and fast to grow. So no wonder...

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So cute flowers peep out of thorns. :) I think the photos conveyed all the charm of this cactus :)

Thank you! They are really adorable. Cool looking cactus for sure :)

Yes, the thorns are impressive !!!

Oh yea! They are very protective :p

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