Opuntia Cactus

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Characteristics

Species: spp.

Other Species Names: Prickly Pear Cactus, Paddle Cactus, Bunny Ears Cactus

Plant Height: 10-12 in.

Spread: 10-12 in.

Evergreen: Yes

Plant Form: Spreading

Summer Foliage Color: Green

Minimum Sunlight: Bright

Maximum Sunlight: Bright

Ornamental Features

Opuntia Cactus, commonly called Prickly Pear Cactus, is pad-shaped, some with thorns and others without, and lend a desert appearance.

Landscape Attributes

Opuntia Cactus can be grown in containers where a desert or arid feeling is desired. This is a very low maintenance plant. It has no significant negative characteristics. Opuntia Cactus can survive bright interior spaces and sunny patios.

Planting & Growing

Opuntia Cactus, often called Bunny Ears, will grow to about 10-12 inches tall and wide. It is a plant that is often described as cute because of its resemblance to mouse or bunny ears. This shrub should be grown in bright light, but benefits from afternoon shading. It does require minimal moisture, but as a Cactus can withstand being dry. It will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH as long as it drains completely. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. Opuntia Cactus is a fine choice for adding whimsy and interest to combination plantings of similar types of plants.