Mammillaria vetula subsp. gracilis - Thimble Cactus - Statement Plants

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Mammillaria vetula subsp. gracilis - Thimble Cactus

The Thimble Cactus is a small cactus with creamy white flowers in spring. A very easy plant to grow, it offsets readily.

Full sun to part shade

Drought tolerant

Well drained gritty soil

Partly frost tolerant (see notes)

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These plants are extremely fragile. The likelihood of the offsets detaching during travel is very high. They will be posted bare rooted to try to minimize this.

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  • The Thimble Cactus is a small cactus that offsets readily and can form quite large clumps over time. These offsets are very easily detached, but will take root quite easily where they fall. The plant has white to cream, small bell shaped flowers that appear in spring to summer.

    Plant in a well draining soil mix and water moderately in the warmer months, keep it drier in winter.


    Thimble Cactus, Thimble mammillaria
    Cactus gracilis, Escobariopsis gracilis, Krainzia gracilis, Mammillaria gracilis, Mammillaria gracilis var. fragilis, Chilita fragilis, Mammillaria fragilis, Neomammillaria fragilis, Mammillaria gracilis var. pulchella, Mammillaria gracilis f. pulchella

    Plant height 5-10cm
    Plant width Individual stems 3cm. Clusters can get large over time
    Habit Cluster forming
    Growth Cycle Perennial
    Foliage Green cylindrical stems with white spines
    Flower Small, white or cream, bell shaped
    Flowering time Spring to summer
    Toxicity Non toxic, but keep away from children and pets.