Opuntia Monstrose is a miniature cactus of the group known as Prickly Pear. This form of Opuntia rufida is considered a minima monstrose form as it only grows to approximately 10″ in height, and the pads are less flattened than those of the normal sized species Cinnamon Cactus. The mini-pads are covered with minute cinnamon-colored spines. Take care not to touch colored spines (dots of minute spines that detach readily and can cause irritation to the skin and eyes).
Cinnamon Cactus has buttery yellow flowers at the ends of the stems in mid spring, which are interesting on close inspection. Its attractive succulent round leaves remain light green in color with distinctive coppery-bronze spots throughout the year.
Opuntia Monstrose requires porous cactus soil with adequate drainage. Prefers bright light and ample airflow. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. Water with caution in winter, as the plant can lose its roots if the soil stays cold and wet for extended periods. Protect from frost.