What's up Succa? Feather Cactus
Mammillaria plumosa, or more popularly known as feather cactus, is a clustering type of cactus that forms a pile of globose stems. The plant grows up to 5 inches tall and 16 inches across, with each stem measuring up to 2.8 inches in diameter.
This cactus plant got its name because of the distinctive white “feathers” that cover the entire stem of the plant. These “feathers” may appear soft and fluffy, but they conceal sharp spines under the surface.
Though the feathery spines make this plant an excellent addition to anyone’s succulent collections and gardens, they help shade the plant from too much heat and sunlight.
The flowers of feather cactus or golf ball cactus vary in colors, which can either be creamy-white, greenish-yellow, or pink, depending on the variety. They bloom in late summer, measuring up to 15 mm long with a strong sweet scent.