Opuntia, Funny Bunny, Crested Bunny Ears, Monstrose Bunny Ears 'Monstrose'

Opuntia microdasys var. pallida

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Opuntia (op-UN-shee-a) (Info)
Species: microdasys var. pallida
Cultivar: Monstrose


Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Phoenix, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Carmichael, California

Reseda, California

Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Cleveland, Georgia

Henderson, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

Cleveland, Ohio

Sumter, South Carolina

Clarksville, Tennessee

Arlington, Texas

Cibolo, Texas

Dallas, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Spring Branch, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 19, 2011, Xenomorf from Phoenix, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Technically, the botanical name for this plant should be:
Opuntia microdasys var. pallida 'Monstrose'
Because it has the "yellow" glochids, not brown, and it is a "cultivated" monstrose form.


On Mar 28, 2009, JohnTS71 from San Antonio, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This plant took well where I live. In its first year its grown 10 new pads. Its more of the most liked and noticed when I show my cactus garden to people. Like opuntias in general, it grows very fast!!

Oh and be careful when handling this plant!!


On Jun 7, 2001, BotanyBob from Thousand Oaks, CA wrote:

This Opuntia is one of the more ornamental Opuntia, grown primarily for its bizzarely shaped pads and golden for bronze 'fuzz' (which are actually itty bitty incredibly-hard-to-get-out-of-your-skin spines). Bunny cacti (Opuntia microdasys) are called that because all their spines are small. This monstrous form is Funny Bunny since it's also has twisted, very irregular pads. Unlike other Opuntia, it flowers rarely and the 'prickly pears' most Opuntia are known for are small and insignificant (don't know if they're edible or not). Like most cacti, this plant needs almost no water... but watering in the hot summers makes it grow faster. It tolerates the cold, wet winters of So Cal very well, as do most Opuntia, and it also tolerates a good deal of frost.

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