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Mammillaria pilcayensis 'Bristle Brush'

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With fuzzy tan areoles clustered so heavily with spines that they nearly obscure the deep green stems, it is no surprise how Mammillaria pilcayensis 'Bristle Brush' received its common name. While the spiny stem is eye-catching all on its own, deep pink blooms will ring the apex of the stems during springtime, creating a rich contrast with the warm hue of the spines.

When provided with the right growing conditions, this Mexican native can reach up to 15 inches in height, eventually producing a cluster of offsets around the central stem. To encourage this level of growth, be sure to provide ‘Bristle Brush’ with ample bright sunlight – at least a few hours of direct sun each day will go even further! To avoid the most common pitfall in caring for cacti, which is overwatering, be sure to utilize a very porous soil mixture, a well-draining pot, and a thorough yet infrequent watering routine. Sufficient airflow around the stem and soil surface will provide further insurance against rot, pests, or other ills.

Hardy only to Zone 10, protect ‘Bristle Brush’ from freezing temperatures, which could otherwise cause permanent scarring along the stem.

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