This old classic is one of the most thought after Mammillarias. The plants are large, snow-white with dense spines, decorated with long pale-yellow tipped hooks. Showy flowers are among the largest in genus, the unusual shape strongly suggesting hummingbirds dependence for pollination.
Successful flowering of Mammillaria senilis is surrounded by some sort of mystery, but apparently there is no big secret there. Flowering buds are started fairly early by this species, as early as late August or early September. The plants need plenty of light in months prior, and in the fall to successfully develop them. The plants of 6cm diameter are ready to bloom, and some time in November tiny bright red buds could me spotted deep in axiles. Early spring is when the flowers fully develop.
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- Disocactus flagelliformis
- Ferocactus macrodiscus
- Sclerocactus parviflorus
- Matucana aureiflora
- Pelecyphora strobiliformis
- Opuntia polyacantha
- Opuntia basilaris, Joshua Tree NP
- Echinocactus polycephalius
- Mammillaria schiedeana ssp giselae
- Oroya borchersii
- Echinocereus coccineus
- Thelocactus conothelos aurantiacus
- Copiapoa humilis 'paposoensis'
- Mammillaria aureilanata 'alba'
- Echinocereus pacificus flower
- Mammillaria laui subducta
- Mammillaria glassii ascensionis
- Ancustrocactus uncinatus 'mathsonii'
- Mammillaria senilis
- Eriosyce subgibbosa 'nigrihiorrida'
- Escobaria emskoetteriana 'runyonii'
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