Opuntia microdasys [Large form]

Also known as:

  • Bunny Ears Cactus

Plant Type

cactus / succulent

Zones

8a-10b

Size

H:3'-4'

Growing Conditions

Soil Needs:

lean, well-drained

Water Needs:

occasional, drought tolerant, dry in winter

Special Situation:

verticillium wilt resistant

Sun Exposure:

sun

Features

Flower Season:

summer

Foliage Season:

evergreen

Tags

spiny
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Shared with us by Desert Way Nursery, this super-sized bunny ears cactus grows to 3-4' tall with bright green pads up to 6-8" across each spotted with pale dots of golden glochids. (The species name, microdasys, joins the Greek words for "hairy" (pieris) and "small" (dasys), perfectly describes this fuzzy feature.) In May or June numerous flowers open pale yellow, fading towards red. Best in lean soil with good drainage and lots of sun. Frost hardy to as low as 10 °F, bottom of USDA zone 8. Better if kept dry in winter.

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