The bunny ear cactus (Opuntia microdasys) is a popular houseplant that is not only attractive but is also low-maintenance.
Native to Mexico, Opuntia microdasys is known by several common names angel’s wings cactus, and polka dot cactus.
But don’t be fooled by these cute nicknames, while the bunny ear cactus might look less threatening than other cacti varieties with large and intimidating spikes, this cactus is just as prickly.
Each white “dot” on the surface of this cactus is actually a glochid, which are patches of hundreds of small spines that can easily dislodge in the skin.
Thus, take care when handling this cactus, and use protective gloves if necessary.