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Opuntia microdasys var. alba

Bunny ears cactus

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to August
  • Height0.4m to 0.6m
  • Spread0.15m to 0.3m
  • Growth HabitCactus-like
  • Flower ColourYellow
  • Leaf ColourMedium green

Description

Opuntia microdasys var. alba (Bunny ears cactus). A bushy, perennial cactus bearing green, flattened, oval segments. Dark green areoles with white hairs are borne. In summer, funnel-shaped, yellow flowers appear.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Cactus

Other common names

Prickly pear

Origin

Mexico

Interest and use

Ornamental, greenhouse, indoors

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Light, Medium, Gritty
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterDry

Cultivation

They will thrive in hot, dry conditions in moderately fertile, gritty, humus-rich, well-drained soil with full sun. You can propagate from seed.

Propagation

You can propagate by seeds or stem cuttings in spring or summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Mealy bugs

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