Mammillaria senilis
Mammillaria senilis
Often labelled as Mamillopsis, rather than Mammillaria, senilis, this Mexican species makes a superb specimen. Its forms good sized clumps and its white, hooked, spines contrast beautifully with its large red flowers and yellow pollen. One feature which is the subject of much discussion is its willingness to flower in cultivation in the UK. Some plants flower readily each year, others flower reluctantly or not at all. Whether this is a consequence of light, heat, water, food, etc., or whether some clones are more free flowering than others remains open to debate.

Photograph by : John Ellis

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