Opuntia microdasys, also known as the bunny ear cactus or angel’s wings, is a small cousin of the more commonly known prickly pear cactus. Though it isn’t known for its culinary uses, it’s a popular houseplant due to its easy care and cute appearance: the pads can resemble bunny ears and the glochids look like fur, hence the common name.
It has no spines, but instead has numerous pale red glochids up to 0.12 inch (3 mm) long at each pale red aureole. The flowers are up to 2 inches (5 cm) across and have broad, Red tepals, Red anthers, and dark green stigma lobes.
Demands full light growing for most of the year, except during the winter cycle.
Water can be the death of the plant but it does need consistent moisture during the growing season. Water the plant when the top one inch of soil is dry. Allow the water to drain out of the pot.
Note: It always looks good and stays small. It lacks sharp spines but has nasty glochids that easily get stuck in your hands or fingers and can cause massive irritation. Wear gloves when potting this plant or at least wet your hands to soften the spines.