|The edible prickly pear and the infamous cholla are two distinct members of this diverse group of desert plants. They represent, respectively, the two halves of this genus -- plants with flat, broad joints, and those with cylindrical ones. Regardless, all Opuntias have many-petaled, showy flowers in yellow, white, orange, purple or red, and edible fruits. Need full sun and excellent drainage. Watch out for tufts of small bristles that dot the leaves.
From a distance, its flat, nearly round pads look like "bunny ears" -- hence the plant's name. Medium-sized cactus, but smaller in dish gardens, containers, and as a house plant.
Attributes - Opuntia microdasys
Plant Type: Succulent
Bloom Season: Mid Spring through Early Summer
Flower Color: Yellow
Height: 1 ft. to 2 ft.
Width: 5 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Climate: Zones 8, 9, 10
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