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


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…

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).


Mammillaria elongata on 7-29-18, #498-67.

The Mammillaria elongata continues to well and is now growing more offsets around the main stem.


Mammillaria elongata on 8-18-18, #498-3.

After I took the photo on July 29 she started leaning over. In the above photo, you can also see all her new kids. It would be pretty neat if they grew straight up, but they are supposed to kind of trail. You can put them in hanging baskets and allow them to trail over the sides but that may take some time…


Mammillaria elongata on 8-26-18, #499-26.

Doing well, although somewhat weird…


Mammillaria elongata on 10-10-18, #519-45.

Cool weather was approaching and an “F’ was in the forecast when I moved the potted plants inside for the winter on October 10. I always measure the cactus and succulents when I bring them inside, but I had no idea where to begin with this one… There are 11 larger offsets averaging 2 1/4″ long and 15 small offsets. One of the larger offsets also has 2. The original stem is 6 1/4″ tall (or long). It was 5 3/4” tall when I brought it home.


Mammillaria elongata on 11-29-18, #534-17.

November 29 was a nice spring-like day, so I took the cactus outside for a photo shoot. I was starting a new post showing the difference between the cactus species in my collection.


Mammillaria elongata close-up on 12-1-18, #535-12.

Now, that photo came out very good! Twenty-six radial spines, more or less, re-curved, white to yellowish. Central spines are usually absent on MOST areoles. You can actually put your hand around the stems, which is when you find the central spines. Then they will be in your fingers and not on the cactus.

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.


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. .

    Liked by 1 person

    • 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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