Mammillaria elongata


The Mammillaria elongata is indigenous to Mexico (Guanajuato, Hidalgo and Querétaro). Traditionally, its hooked spines were used as fish hooks in Mexico. Stems are narrow and elongated. As this species matures, tight clumps of erect, ascending, prostrate or recumbent stems form. Spination is typically variable from pale cream to dark reddish-brown in color. Flowers are small, bell shaped and take on a whitish, pale yellow or pinkish color with pink mid stripes. Flowers form at upper portion of the plant.

Happily, the Mammillaria elongata is a very easy species to cultivate. No special treatment required. The more light provided (without burning the specimen), helps to encourage heavier spine formation. Moreover, this species is an excellent plant for container growing. It maintains a manicured appearance 365 days a year. Cold greenhouses and frames work well.


Great choice for beginners-

1. Easy to cultivate
2. No special treatment required

Centerpiece plant-

1. Excellent choice for containers
2. Maintains manicured appearance 365 days a year


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Leptocladodia elongata (DC.) Buxb.
Neomammillaria elongata (DC.) Britton & Rose

Plant Details
USDA Zone Information: 
10a - 11
Flower : 
Ideal Light Conditions: 
Sun to partial shade
Ideal Water Conditions: 
Moderate in summer/Dry in winter
Speed of Growth: 
Mature Height: 
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Latin Name: 
Mammillaria elongata
Common Name: 
Lady Fingers, Lady Fingers Cactus, Golden Stars

Corporate Clients (The King hangs hard)


RoboCop (1987)
RoboCop 2 (1990)
Hot Pursuit (2015)


USA Network's Queen of the South (2019)

Botanical Gardens:

New York Botanical Gardens
Oklahoma City Zoo/Botanical Gardens
Mercer Arboretum in Houston, Texas
Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan


Houston, TX Zoo
San Antonio, TX Zoo

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Houston, TX Rodeo

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