Bunny Ears (Opuntia microdasys) in the Prickly Pears Database

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Opuntia microdasys Accepted
Opuntia microdasys subsp. microdasys Synonym
Opuntia microdasys var. albispina Synonym
Opuntia microdasys var. pallida Synonym
Opuntia microdasys subsp. rufida Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Dry
Plant Height: 3 feet or more
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Erosion control
Guardian plant
Will Naturalize
Suitable for miniature gardens
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Needs specific temperature: 68-86 degrees
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Other info: Seeds may be extremely slow to germinate
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Other: Individual pads form new plants; they must dry and callous for 10 days before planting
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM


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Plant Events from our members
piksihk On October 6, 2018 Obtained plant
Mercer swap
tabbycat On March 17, 2020 Miscellaneous Event
Putting out new fuzzy pads so plant is growing. Still happy in bunny pot
hlutzow On February 2, 2020 Obtained plant
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Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
My bunny ears... by plantmanager Jun 21, 2018 11:47 AM 1
ID question by Baja_Costero Feb 10, 2018 3:17 PM 3
What kind of cactus is this? by Impasta Sep 3, 2020 11:01 AM 5
Too many pads on opuntia bunny ears?? by Jojototoro Jul 7, 2020 7:08 AM 12
Cactus identity by Mcwmua May 8, 2020 9:56 PM 1
Help me ID 1 Succulent, 2 Cacti, and an air plant by JavaDragon May 9, 2020 7:16 AM 3
How do I start a new cactus plant? by BobinAVCA May 9, 2020 10:20 AM 17
Looking to Confirm ID's (Mostly cactuses, some others) by Macrocentra May 2, 2020 10:26 AM 7
Cactus Turning Yellow by HowellAboutNo24 Mar 25, 2020 11:08 AM 12
The COVID_19 Picture Diversion thread by mcvansoest Oct 22, 2020 3:40 PM 1,308
please help to identify the problem with my cactus by Silvercat Mar 4, 2020 9:42 PM 8
Bunny Ears Cacti tipping (cold?) by Sgrif Sep 16, 2019 8:57 PM 6

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