Mammillaria hahniana-Old Lady Cactus/Old Lady Pincushion

Mammillaria hahniana (Old Lady Cactus) on 7-19-16, #274-50.

Old Lady Cactus or Old Lady Pincushion

Mammillaria hahniana

mam-mil-AR-ee-uh  hahn-ee-AY-na


Mammillaria hahniana Werderm. is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of Mammillaria. It was named and described by Erich Werdermann in Monatsschrift der Deutschen Kakteen-Gesellschaft (Berlin) in 1929.


Mammillaria hahniana on 5-31-17, #339-31.

I bought my Mammillaria hahniana from Wal-Mart on 2-1-16. It was n a 2 1/2” diameter (4 oz.) pot. The plant measured approximately 1 7/8” tall x 2 3/8” wide. The label states:

“Native to Mexico, forms globular stems to 6” or more in diameter. Stems are densely covered with white hair and short white spines. Concentric rings of pink flowers. Protect from frost. Provide bright light/sun. Hardy to 20 degrees F. To 6” tall. Water thoroughly when the soil is dry.”


Mammillaria hahniana on 9-5-17, #371-17.


Family: Cactaceae
Origin: Mexico
Zones: USDA Zones 9a-11 (2- to 40° F)
Size: Small, maybe about 4-5” tall x 4” wide
Light: Sun to part shade
Soil: Fast-draining. Potting soil amended with grit and pumice or perlite.
Water: Average during the growing period, not necessary in winter.


Mammillaria hahniana with flowers on 10-11-17, #382-49.

Mammillaria hahniana is native to Guanajuato, San Luis Potosí, and Queretaro, Mexico. The species grows along relatively steep slopes in submontane matorral and deciduous forests. This cactus is locally common where it occurs, and grows in groups or clusters which are rare. Mammillaria hahniana is listed as near threatened in its native habitat because of its limited range and illegal collection. Some subpopulations are impacted by deforestation.


Mammillaria hahniana at 2 1/2″ tall x 2 3/4″ wide on 10-17-17, #384-15.

Many cacti are very slow growing so I take measurements from time to time. When I moved the plants inside for the winter on October 10, 2017, the Mammillaria hahniana measured 2 1/2″ tall x 2 3/4″ wide.

Remember to clean off your pots when you bring them inside for the winter. Remove dead leaves or other debris that might have collected in your pots and on your plants. Check for unwanted guests that may be trying to hibernate around the base of your plants because you never know…


Mammillaria hahniana from the top on 10-17-17, #384-16.

I like taking photos from the top of the cactus. Many of them grow in this neat spiral-looking pattern.


Mammillaria hahniana on 11-3-17, #389-3.

Information online says that Mammillaria hahniana is one of the fastest growing of the Mammillaria genera and will form large groups. The wool is supposed to increase in thickness and length.


Mammillaria hahniana on 1-18-18, #401-8.

Mammillaria, like most cactus, are easy to grow if you follow a few basic rules. Check out my Cactus & Succulent Tips for my advice…


Mammillaria hahniana on 7-29-18, #487-68.

The Mammillaria hahniana is continuing to do well and is now happy on the back porch.

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

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