Mammillaria cristata 'Red Cap'

Size: 4"

This rare, crested cultivar hails from Mexico, and features undulating, flattened stems that can resemble anything from a half moon to a cluster of coral. With a bright green base coloration, ‘Red Cap’ is thickly coated in velvety-looking, tan areoles from which deep red spines emerge – thus earning this variety its common name!

While its unique aesthetic may suggest otherwise, ‘Red Cap’ is actually exceptionally easy to care for. This slow-growing specimen will thrive in full sun, in order to best replicate the native conditions to which it is adapted, and is extremely drought tolerant. As a result, be sure to err on the side of under- rather than over-watering, providing a thorough drink only once the soil has completely dried through from the last one. Beyond these basic needs, porous soil, a well-draining pot, and ample airflow are all that ‘Red Cap’ needs to thrive while adding an element of the bizarre to your succulent collection!

While this specimen is relatively hardy, its crested form does require gentler handling, to avoid damaging the broad leaves. Furthermore, be sure to shield ‘Red Cap’ from freezing temperatures during the winter months, to avoid scarring on its thick stem.

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All plants are shipped bare-root with the exception of House Plants and Plant Club Subscription Boxes. House plants and succulents will ship from separate locations and may arrive at different times. Orders ship Monday-Friday each week. Please allow 1-3 business days for your order to be processed. We ship within the USA and its outlying territories ONLY.

Plant sizing is based on the diameter of the nursery pot (2", 2.5", 3", 4" etc), not the plant itself. Plants may be slightly larger or smaller than the pot they are grow in depending on availability or time of year. While we do our best to ship plants as similar to those pictured as possible, please keep in mind that all plants are unique from one to the next, and display color, shape, and growth variation based on current environment, time of year, and other contributing factors. Please note that we ship our plants as dry as possible in the fall and winter months to prevent root rot or freezing. They will plump back up after planting!


For more information on how to care for succulents, please check out our variety of care guide on topics like planting, watering, sunlight, and more!