Aka: Ladyfinger Cactus
Mammillaria elongata is most commonly seen potted around the house or patio rather than as a landscaping plant.
It grows in clumps featuring several long finger-like stems — hence the nickname. Its star-shaped spines can be white to copper in color and cover the entire surface of the plant. Blooms of yellow or pink around the crown may appear in spring.
As with most cacti, Mammillaria elongata thrives in full sun with minimal amounts of water. It is well equipped to quickly absorb and retain any moisture it comes in contact with. Be extra cautious of overwatering — no long soaks for this spongey cacti. Plant in well-draining soil and cut off watering all together during the peak winter months to avoid any rot.
This cactus grows relatively quickly spreading out at the edges - once the pot becomes cramped offshoots can be plucked and propagated to start a new plant.