Bunny Ears, Polka Dot Cactus
Scientific Name: Opuntia microdasys (Lehmann) Pfeiffer
Synonym: Cactus microdasys, Opuntia macrocalyx
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Recommended Temperature Zone:|
Frost Tolerance: 20°F (-7°C)
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Origin: Mexico (Hidalgo)
Growth Habits: Succulent to 3 feet high (90 cm), 6 feet across (1.8 m)
Watering Needs: Little or no water once established
This common species of Opuntia has dense tuft of glochids that are easily dislodged and have the unfortunate habit to fly away when the plant is moved, often landing in annoying places. It is probably a good idea to mist it before working around it or moving it.
Lemon yellow flowers, 1.2 to 2 inches in diameter (3-5 cm).