Perhaps my cacti know it's spring, even if I don't. This M. gracilis v. fragilis decided the time for flowering is now, rather than late next month as I expected. The yellowish white flowers are tiny, just like the cactus, which doesn't grow more than four inches high.
M. gracilis v. fragilishas brittle offshoots that are easily detached from the main stem. Fragilis means exactly that, brittle. These detached offshoots are easily propagated. However, they will not flower for the first three years. If I planted all the offshoots that have fallen off the four plants I have, I'd probably have two or three hundred little guys by now.
This Mammillaria species looks best planted as a grouping, crowded into a small, shallow container. Most of the offshoots that have dislodged go into one or two “baby pots," as I call them. Well, not most of them, some of them. The rest are fending for themselves in some landfill somewhere.