Mammillaria elongata-Ladyfinger Cactus, Golden Stars

Mammillaria elongata after I brought it home on 3-19-18, #418-13.

Ladyfinger Cactus, Golden Stars

Mammillaria elongata

mam-mil-AR-ee-uh  ee-long-GAH-tuh

ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY AWARD OF GARDEN MERIT

Mammillaria elongata DC. is the correct and accepted scientific name of this cactus. It was named and described by Augustin Pyramus de Candolle in Mémoires du Museum d’Histoire Naturelle (Paris) in 1828.

I bought this cactus from Wal-Mart on 3-19-18. The cluster measures approximately 5 3/4” tall at the tallest point x 3 3/4” at the widest. There are 12 “stems” in this 2 3/4” diameter x 2 1/4” tall pot. There are remnants of several yellow flowers or buds yet to flower. Finally, I have a cactus that will have yellow flowers! Of course, there were several “strawflowers” hot glued to this which I managed to remove fairly good. You have to be careful when you do that…

USEFUL INFORMATION:
Family: Cactaceae
Origin: Northeast Mexico
Zones: USDA Zones 9b-11 (25-40° F)
Size: Ummm.
Light: Sun to light shade
Soil: Fast-draining. Potting soil amended with extra grit and pumice or perlite.
Water: Regular water in summer, barely in winter
Flowers: Variable. Pale yellow to pink shades

Information on the Llifle website says, “Mammillaria elongata is a succulent ground cover, forming with time tight clumps of erect, ascending, prostrate or recumbent stems. This may be the most common Mammillaria to be found and occurs in more variations than any other Mammillaria species. It commonly comes in many color and spine variations.”

 

Mammillaria elongata on 5-17-18, #443-60.

Once temperatures allowed, I moved the potted plants back outside for the summer. Not long after I brought this cactus home, I accidentally knocked it on the floor. Most of the “fingers” fell off and I had just stuck them back in the pot.

 

Mammillaria elongata in its new pot on 5-25-18, #448-11.

I put the Mammillaria elongata in a larger pon on May 25. The “fingers” I had stuck in the pot previously had a few roots so I made a hole for them and stuck them deeper into the soil.

 

Mammillaria elongata on 6-28-18, #465-17.

On June 28 I noticed a fruit where one of the flowers had been. I never had a cactus produce fruit before. (Well, I think the Prickly Pear in Mississippi had fruit in 2012).

I will continue adding more photos and information as time goes by.

There is a lot of information on the Llifle website including how to grow them, so please click on the link below for further reading.

I will add more photos and information as time goes by. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, I would like to hear from you. Please click on “like” if you visited this page. It helps us bloggers stay motivated. 🙂 You can check out the links below for further reading. The links take you directly to the genus and species of this plant.

FOR FURTHER READING:
PLANTS OF THE WORLD ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
WIKIPEDIA (GENUS/SPECIES)
LLIFLE (ENCYCLOPEDIA OF LIVING FORMS)
DAVE’S GARDEN
ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY

2 comments on “Mammillaria elongata-Ladyfinger Cactus, Golden Stars

  1. Anonymous says:

    The photo of M. elongata looks like a perfect plant. I have four varieties and all of mine are decumbent. I like the erect look of that plant. Looks healthier. I always re-pot everything I buy at the “Big Box” stores because they are invariably potted in a mix that has too much peat , that I find,
    stays wet too long. .

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    • Hello there Anonymous! I rather like the erect look better for this Mammillaria as well. Not long after I bought this plant I knocked it on the floor and most of the pieced broke off the plant. I just stuck them back in the pot to see what would happen. I agree, the cactus and succulents bought from “box” stores need to be repotted. The soil is wrong, they are overwatered, and many are mislabeled. Thanks for the comment and thanks for visiting! It would be nice to know your name, though. 🙂

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