Bunny Ear Cactus
Description for Opuntia Microdasys, Bunny Ear Cactus
The opuntia microdasys or bunny ears cactus forms a dense shrub, about 40-60 cm tall, with pad-like stems 6-15cm long and 4-12cm wide.
It has no spines, but rather numerous white or yellow glochids (hair-like prickles) that are 2-3mm long and found in dense clusters.
The flowers emerge from the top edges of the pads in April and May.
The yellow flowers appear only rarely.
Common Names: Bunny ears, Angel`s wings, Prickly pear cactus, golden-bristle cactus, polka-dot cactus.
Planting and care
Re-pot when the plant performs clump and goes beyond the pot size. It should be done before or after the rainy season and in the spring season.
Re-pot with the following proportions: 3 parts of potting soil, 1 part of grit (pumice), 1 part of the horticultural-grade sand, 1/2 part of the compost, etc.
Caring for Opuntia Microdasys (Prickly pear cactus)
- Avoid overwatering as the roots may get rot.
- Water the plant in the morning, between 8 to 10 am.
- Avoid keeping in suffocated areas or in the darkroom.
Typical uses of Opuntia Microdasys
Special features: Survivals and growers of the summer.
ornamental use: Opuntia Microdasys also used as ornamental plants.