Possibly one of the most familiar groups of cacti. Opuntia cacti are formed by flattened stems called “pads” that create a fun, hodgepodge-effect as new pads emerge in random directions. They are native to sunny, hot, dry regions throughout North and South America. Opuntias grown indoors aren’t likely to flower because the plants require a period of winter temperatures between 45° and 55°F (7° and 13°C) to set bud. Flowers are followed by fruits that can be carefully peeled, seeds removed, and then pureed or juiced. Common names associated with the Opuntia genus are: Prickly Pear, Nopales, Paddle Cactus, Bunny Ears, Eastern Prickly Pear, Indian Fig, and Cinnamon Bunny Ears Cactus.
Perfect for all kinds of containers. May be displayed outdoors in warmer weather. Likes lots of sunlight. A south or west-facing window is ideal. Opuntia’s unique foliage pads and spiny textures give these cacti an artistic, sculptural appeal. Great for a sunny windowsill in a home or office.