Mammilaria parkinsonii/Owl's Eyes

Mammilaria parkinsonii / Mammilaria parkinsonii
A clump of units
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A clump of units

A cluster of this cactus growing in a southern California botanical garden

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Scientific Name: Mammilaria parkinsonii
Common Name: Owl's Eyes
Plant Type: Evergreen
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: Under 1 foot
Spread: to 1 foot
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Yellow
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Dry
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Comments: Plants are first solitary and later branch and eventually spread into relatively large clumps over time. White, stiff spines are slightly curved downward and have dark tips. This cactus needs bright sunlight to keep the units growing together in a tight unit, otherwise units will elongate and stay separated.