University of Maryland Extension

Golden Stars or Lady Fingers Cactus

Author: 
Ellen Nibali

Mammillaria elongata

A plant for people who kill plants, Golden Stars cactus requires little watering and accepts a variety of light levels.  Three to four hours of direct sunlight is optimal, though all but a north window should work.  Water sparingly; more sparingly in winter.  In summer, it enjoys a stint outdoors yet can take temperatures down to 40 degrees. It also flowers easily.  The yellowy recurved spines allow Golden stars to be a safe cactus for homes with curious little fingers.  A native of Mexico, this 6” cactus pops out offsets from the base. These can be removed to start new plants.  

 

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