Opuntia microdasys     
Bunny ears   
Cactaceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


Form: mounding segmented cactus; non trunk-forming
Seasonality: evergreen
Size: 2-3ft, spread 4-5ft
Leaves: pads, 3-6in long, new growth is red but matures to an attractive dark green; new pads emerge in paired habit said to look like the ears of rabbits; pads have many closely spaced aeroles with no spines but numerous prominent glochids; glochid color varies with varieties; new pads have small modified leaf structure that fades as pad matures
Flowers: creamy yellow, on terminal edge of pads, 1.5-2in in diameter bloom in early summer
Fruit: globe shaped, 1-2in long, purple or red
Stems/Trunks: does not form trunk
Range/Origin: Mexico
Hardiness: to mid teens



Bunny ears prickly pear cactus
Opuntia microdasys
probably var. 'Rufidula'

aka Yellow bunny ears
pads are darker green than most other prickly pears
glochids are loosely attached, and may become airborne irritants
variety "Albaspina" has white glochids "Rufidula" glochids are more red, rusty colored

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