Mammillaria elongata 'cristata' is a crazy looking plant nicknamed 'the brain cactus' due to its convoluted and sinuous growth.
One of the more bizarre pieces of Cristata information is how the shape occurs. The form is a result of damage to the plant when it is young. The cells at the injury site go crazy and multiply at a far faster rate than normal. This causes the twisted nature of the pads.
In the wild of Central Mexico, they occur in rocky outcroppings and between crevasses. Over time, they develop into a column of stems and small offsets. The spines are in closely gathered areoles and consist of several sizes, with the finest spines almost hair-like.
Plants are green but the hairy spines give it a grayish case.
Grown in 9cm Pots
Please Note: Succulents change colour throughout the year and the plants we deliver can look different from the pictures. All plants are shipped bare root (without soil).
|Densely packed clusters of twisted pads
|Free draining, plenty of Gravel
|Dry in Winter