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
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Plant Height: 3 feet or more
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late winter and 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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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
2 cacti ID request by skopjecollection Sep 21, 2018 10:54 PM 13
Cacti ID help by Faridat Jul 1, 2018 5:19 AM 14
I keep forgetting to ask about this ... by plantladylin Jan 8, 2018 9:40 AM 5
My cactus has brown spots on it. by NdMaPlants Sep 6, 2018 12:44 AM 8
cactus/succulent ID by quatrevinqt Sep 24, 2017 1:36 PM 3
What is the best soil to plant an Angel Wings cactus in? by krystenr1 Jul 12, 2017 8:15 AM 8
How do you care for a cactus and what kind do I have? by greenhousebaby1 Jun 19, 2017 6:59 PM 5
Best method for separating potted cactus by cahdg6891 Apr 22, 2017 7:27 PM 17
Houseplant swap? (full plants, cuttings, offsets) Mostly cacti and succulents by infiniteohms Jan 27, 2017 8:08 AM 9
Prickly pear? (plus one more) by Rez Jan 14, 2017 8:00 PM 3

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