Scientific name: Opuntia microdasys albata
Common name: Bunny Ears, Angel Wings
The paddle cactus is a favorite among indoor and outdoor growers. The shrubs are made of green pads. The pads are covered in white or yellow aureoles that look like cotton. Although they look soft, use caution when handling them.
Quick Look at Opuntia microdasys albata
- Full sun to partial shade
- Typical water needs for a succulent
- Plant grows up to 24″ (61 cm) tall
Plant grows up to 5′ (1.5 m) wide
- Zone 9a (Minimum 20° F | -6.7° C)
- Not cold hardy
- Propagation by cuttings
- Generally non-toxic to humans and animals
- Winter Dormant
General Care for Opuntia microdasys albata “Bunny Ears”
It is easy to care for and grows well indoors. Although it is not covered in spines, the aureoles can still poke, so keep away from children and pets.
Opuntia microdasys albata “Bunny Ears” needs a bit less water than other Succulents. The “soak and dry” method will allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.
Where to Plant
If you live in a zone that gets colder than 20 F, it’s best to plant the bunny ears in a container that can be brought indoors. It does well in both full and partial sun.
If you plant in an area that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day, it will be able to grow as large as 6 feet wide. If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, place a room that gets a lot of sunlight near a southern-facing window.
How to Propagate Opuntia microdasys albata “Bunny Ears”
Opuntia microdasys albata is known as the Bunny Ears. As it branches out, small offsets will be produced. Cut these from the main plant using a sterile knife.
The Opuntia pads should be on top of the well-draining soil. Water when the soil is wet. It could take several weeks for the cactus pads to grow roots. Once the roots begin to grow, plant yourBunny Ears and water as you would a full-sizedSucculent.
You can learn more about handling Opuntia safely.