Mammillaria hahniana

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Mammillaria hahniana
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Scientific classification
M. hahniana
Binomial name
Mammillaria hahniana

Mammillaria hahniana (old lady cactus) is a species of flowering plant in the family Cactaceae, native to central Mexico. It grows to 25 cm (10 in) tall by 50 cm (20 in) broad. The solitary spherical stems, 12 cm in diameter, are covered in white down and white spines. Reddish purple flowers are borne in spring and summer, sometimes forming a complete ring around the apex of the plant.[2]

Its status is listed as “Near Threatened ” by the IUCN Red List.[1]


M. hahniana is one of several Mammillaria species to be cultivated. In temperate regions it must be grown under glass with heat. However, some growers report that it is quite hardy down to −5 °C (23 °F) or even −10 °C (14 °F). Like all cacti it must be kept dry in winter, and fed and watered during the active growth cycle in summer. Increasing quite readily and flowering at a relatively early age, it is a suitable subject for domestic cultivation.[3] It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b Bárcenas Luna, R.; Gómez-Hinostrosa, C.; Guadalupe Martínez, J. & Sánchez , E. (2013). "Mammillaria hahniana". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  2. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964.
  3. ^ "Mammillaria hahniana Werd". Encyclopedia of Cacti. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  4. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Mammillaria hahniana". Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  5. ^ "AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 63. Retrieved 3 April 2018.