Bunny Ears Cactus

Opuntia microdasys

Angel's-Wings, Bunny-Ears Prickly-Pear, Golden-Bristle

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This perennial cactus species has a bushy growth habit. It produces segmented, rounded and flattened stems which are densely covered in white areoles with tiny white, yellow or red-brown bristly hair-like spines (called glochids). These cause intense irritation to skin, making Opuntia unsuitable as houseplants. The showy flowers are bowl-shaped, coloured yellow with a red tinge, and measure approximately 4-5 cm wide.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Propagation

Seed

Pre-soak seed and sow at 21ºC in spring.

Cuttings

Using newspaper for protection, carefully separate and root stem segments.

Special features

Attractive leaves

Special features

Origin

North, Central, and South America, the Galapagos Islands, and the West Indies

Natural climate

Arid

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Cactaceae

Flower colour

Yellow

Scent

None
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