Altitude: Grows at an altitude of 1000-2240 metres above sea level.
Habitat: This species occurs in matorral crascicaule. There are 16 recognized subpopulations and there are no major threats to this species, however some subpopulations are impacted by the extraction of wild specimens for commercial purposes.
Stems: Club shaped to cylindrical, bluish grey-green, up to 10 cm in diameter, up to 25 cm tall. With latex. Tubercles are prominent, close set, firm, bluntly angled and keeled. The Axil bears white wool and bristles.
Central spines: Usually absent.
Radial spines: 4-6, unequal, chalky white with brownish tips, 20-70 mm long, some very short.
Flowers: Bell shaped, purplish pink to deep red, 1-1,5 cm in diameter.
Blooming season: Winter, early spring.
Growth rate: It is a rapid growing species that will form large clumps rather rapidly when compared to other Mammillaria species. Most plants will offset readily, and clumps can be produced in a few years. It will fill a large pot or pan in time however, so space is needed if it is to show of its best..
Fruits: Club shaped, red.