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Brain Cactus

Mammillaria elongata 'Cristata'

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Tender

H2

RHS hardiness

1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

10cm

Min

10cm

7 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A close up of a Brain Cactus plant, Mammillaria elongata 'Cristata' - growing in an 8cm pot.
A close up of a Brain Cactus plant, Mammillaria elongata 'Cristata' - growing in an 8cm pot.
A close up of a Brain Cactus plant, Mammillaria elongata 'Cristata' - growing in an 8cm pot.

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Brain Cactus 8cm - Mammillaria elongata 'Cristata' - Potted Cactus Plant

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Brain Cactus Overview

Mammillaria elongata 'Cristata' is a cactus species from the Cactaceae family with an unusual crested appearance. It has a clumping growth habit and produces multiple, twisting stems, hence the common name, Brain Cactus. It looks particularly good when grown in skull-shaped flower pots. A popular choice for plant enthusiasts, a few variations of this crested form exist in cultivation, the spines may be red, yellow or white in colour. It typically flowers in the spring, the blooms are white-yellow in colour, sometimes with pink.

Common problems with Brain Cactus

Generally pest and disease free

How to harvest Brain Cactus

Generally not harvested. Plants will not come true from seed.

How to propagate Brain Cactus

Division

Take cuttings from woody stems, and allow the cut surface to callous before planting.

Special features of Brain Cactus

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves