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Item ID: 20
Common Name: Arizona fishhook Cactus, Lizard Catcher, Graham's Fishhook Cactus
Habitat: Found in a variety of soil types from low desert areas to rocky mountainous terrain from 1,200 to 6,000 feet elevation.
Range: This Mammillaria is found in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas. It also extends into Sonora, Chihuahua and Sinaloa, Mexico
Care: An excellent plant for a sunny patio container location or as an addition to the garden. Being a local native, it is very much a carefree plant and requires little attention except for container culture. This plant may cluster with several offsets but this may or may not occur.
Propagation: Usually by seed but offsets can be cut from the mother plant and rooted if necessary.
Size: To 9 inches in height and 4 inches wide. Clustering plants can be much wider.
Flowers: Flowers appear in June and July. Petals are commonly bordered by white with a pink to magenta interior.
Photo Courtesy of Kevin Barber ©2002
This Mammillaria is very common in and around Tucson and it is noted for the rather thin, short, black hooked spines and beautiful pink to dark magenta flowers. The edible fruit is about 1/4 to 3/4 inches long and stands out from the plant like little red chilies.
It was once thought that another variety existed (oliviae) which was described without the black hooked spines. Further observations have shown that this may only be a varital difference among M. grahamii. Those pure white spined plants have been found to even branch with offsets that have the black hooked spines.
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