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Opuntia microdasys/Bunny Ears Cactus, Bunny Cactus, Polka-dot Cactus

Opuntia microdasys / Opuntia microdasys
A large sprawling specimen growing in a southern California botanical garden
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A large sprawling specimen growing in a southern California botanical garden

A close-up view of the pads of this Cactus

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Scientific Name: Opuntia microdasys
Common Name: Bunny Ears Cactus, Bunny Cactus, Polka-dot Cactus
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: Yellow
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Dry
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
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Comments: This cactus does not have long spines but instead has dense clusters of glochids which can cause considerable irritation to the skin when touched. It produces lemon-yellow colored flowers. Very easy to grow and easily propagated by cuttings or taking pads from a mature plant and rooting them. Good choice for rock gardens and other plantings where water conservation is an issue.