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Snowball Cactus
Scientific Name: Mammilloydia candida (Scheidw.) Buxbaum
Synonym: Mammillaria ortizrubiana, Mammillaria candida var. sphaerotricha, Cactus sphaerotrichus, Mammillaria sphaerotricha, Neomammillaria ortizrubiana, Mammillaria candida, Mammillaria estanzuelensis, Chilita estanzuelensis, Chilita candida, Mammilloydia ortizrubiana
Family: Cactaceae
Snowball Cactus (Mammilloydia  candida) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 8-24, 29, 30
USDA: 9-10

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 20 F (-6C)

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade

Origin: Mexico (Coahuila, Nuevo Laredo, San Luis Potosi, Guanajuato)

Growth Habits: Generally solitary, spherical, green cactus, up to 6 inches in diameter (15 cm)

Watering Needs: Regular water in summer

Propagation: Seeds

The Snowball Cactus is spherical with snow white short spines, appearing through a quantity of fine white hair. The new spines are often rose colored. The lack of light makes the white hair thinner. The species name candida, is coming from the latine for 'bright white'.

Snowball Cactus (Mammilloydia  candida)

Snowball Cactus (Mammilloydia  candida)

Blooming Habits:
Pale pink flower with an orange stripe along the axis of each petal, in late spring. The flowers are followed by red fruits.

Fruiting Habits:

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