Bunny Ears Cactus
Angel's-Wings, Bunny-Ears Prickly-Pear, Golden-Bristle
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.
Pre-soak seed and sow at 21ºC in spring.
Using newspaper for protection, carefully separate and root stem segments.
North, Central, and South America, the Galapagos Islands, and the West Indies