Hello folks! I hope this post finds you all doing well. We have had some cooler temperatures in my neck of the woods the past few days. While the cooler temps are a nice break from the heat, it means “you know what” is on the way. I know many people like fall, and for some, it is their favorite time of the year. For me, it means I will soon have to bring plants inside then the big ZAP will come. It actually got down to 44° Wednesday night (Thursday AM)! It also said it would be warmer the following days and evenings. While many plants are still OK, it will trigger dormacy in others. My bigger Amorphophallus already went dormant last week but the smaller plants are still alive and well. That’s weird. Why did the older plants go dormant and the smaller ones didn’t? Just another learning experience, huh?
A few days ago I went to get the mail and was surprised to find this little box. Hmmm… What could it be?
When I came back inside I opened it to have a look. Hmmm… What is that?
Ummm… Someone sent me a wad of toilet paper… It feels like something is inside.
I unwrapped it and found a surprise!
Looks like a ball of cotton with roots!
OK… Just kidding around a little. I had been browsing around a little on Ebay looking at the cactus and succulents and found this gem. I know, I know that isn’t a good thing sometimes. There are a lot of nice plants on Ebay and so many you don’t find locally.
I ran across a listing for this Mammillaria plumosa also known as Feather Cactus. It was definitely something I have not seen at Wal-Mart, Lowe’s, or the local greenhouses. It reminds me of a very hairy Thimble Cactus (Mammillaria vetula subsp. gracilis).
Well, the seller did say he was sending a pot. This is just a teaser pot that attaches to other pots for form a stack of pots he has available. I am sure many people go ahead and buy more pots, but I think I will pass. I suppose it is a good idea and it would save space.
There are several plants in this cluster but it is impossible to tell how many with all the wool. VERY NEAT for sure. Who could pass up such an AWESOME find? A single specimen could take a couple of years to offset.
The name Feather Cactus comes from 40 or so interlacing radial spines that are kind of arranges like fathers. This furnishes protection against the hot desert sun. It has no central spines.
I can only imagine finding a plant like this in the desert in Mexico. It would look like a pile of snow, Maybe this species lives where it cooler and grew its own blanket.
Its status in its natural habit is listed as “near threatened” by the IUCN Red List. Llifle said it grows on limestone cliffs in sparse xerophytic shrubland and there is a continuing decline due to ongoing plant collecting. Apparently, the species is illegally collected for the ornamental trade. Locals collect the plant from the wild and sell them at local markets at Christmas time as they are used to decorate nativity scenes.
Well, it is getting late so I better warp up this post. Until next time, stay well, be safe. eat your vegetables, drink plenty of fluids and give your “other half” a big hug if you have one… Don’t forget to get dirty if you have a chance.