Another beauty today, Mammillaria bombycina. This species is native to central western Mexico, growing on slopes and cliffs in high elevation oak forests.
I absolutely love the fringed edges on the petals.
This is the first cactus I ever bought with hooked spines. For the first couple months after I discovered cacti, I very smugly said that I was I
only going to get the more non-lethal species with flatter spines.
Hooked-spine varieties are much too annoying, and I don't see why I
would every get any of those, I said.
and I were in TriCities last spring and I saw this one in a Lowes, and once I saw
the beautiful clusters of white spines I decided that hooked or not,
this plant needed to come home with me. It hooked my thumb quite
painfully before we even got back to the car, but I didn't care. It was
This is its first blooming for me, and the plant itself has almost doubled in size in a year. I'm very proud of it.