Bunny Ears Succulents (“Monilaria” Plants On Succulent City)

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Have you heard about Kawaii? The ‘cute item’ went viral on Japanese Instagram about two years ago. Or maybe you have come across the endearing Easter-themed, succulent centerpieces that Martha Stewart caused a rage with, alongside a spring-inspired floral arrangement. The plants are completely adorable, easy to look after, and can make a fascinating addition to your garden.

Super Cute Bunny Succulents For Your Garden
The Monilaria obconica is a delightful deciduous succulent @canalacultura

Potted Bunnies Are the New Craze

The Monilaria obconica is a delightful deciduous succulent that looks like bunny ears popping out of a pot. This seasonal plant is indigenously found in the Vanrhynsdorp and Vredendal districts of Western Cape in South Africa. The succulent has a fat stem that pops out of the ground resembling a ginger root with two types of leaves growing from the tip of the stem.

Thanks to its appearance like the furry ears of a rabbit, this succulent has earned the names Bunny Succulent, Bunny Ear Succulent, String of Pearls, Beaded Vygie, Bearded Ice Plant, and is natively known in Afrikaans as Knopiesvygie.

A Scientifically Special Succulent

The Bunny Succulent is a unique plant because it is a heterophyllous plant. It means that it can grow more than one type of leaf on the same plant. It has a caudex form, bearing a swollen, above-ground trunk.

From the top of the root, the first set of leaves begins to form. These are usually tightly packed together and look like they have been symmetrically cut in half by a divine force. These first leaves are generally about 10 mm in diameter. The plants grow wholly fused and are covered by a sclerotic brown sheath.

As the plant grows older, the second set of leaves start to appear. These leaves are long and cylindrical, measuring about 10 to 15 cm long and 3.5 mm in diameter. The plants begin to sprout together at the base then spread out into two distinct leaves, taking the shape of bunny ears. These leaves are covered in small, crystalline cells that give them a furry look. These cells are specialized storage cells that are rich in sugars, helping the plant retain moisture for long periods.

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A Seasonal Deciduous Species

The Bunny Succulent mostly remains dormant during summer while its growth season starts in winter, between September to March. While the plant is in the resting period (dormant months), the plant may appear dead. That is only because the segmented branches make the plant look like it has dried out.

During the spring, the Monilaria obconica produces white, rose-like flowers growing on solitary white, long stalks. These stalks grow to 35 to 40 mm in diameter, while the flowers carry filaments that may be white, purple, yellow, or orange.

This winter grower has its bunny ears maturing to a length of 8 inches (20 cm), and after a few months, the ears begin to give off a red hue, especially under the sun and curl under their weight giving the appearance of Bugs Bunny ears.

Don’t miss out on “How To Care For Indoor Succulents During The Winter” to see how to take care of all your succulents during the cold season.

Start Sprouting Your Very Own Bunnies

The Bunny Succulent can reproduce by cuttings or seeds. When propagating from a cutting, ensure that you are getting your cutting from a mature mother plant. The cutting should have one or more branches and should include a bit of the root. These succulents like to reside in areas with proper ventilation and can tolerate cold temperatures up to -2°C.

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Bunny Succulent

Bunny Succulents fancy soil with good drainage, and they prefer cactus or succulent potting mix. If the potting mix is not available, you could add some small pieces of gravel or horticultural sand to increase soil drainage and provide space for proper root development. These succulents like to grow in a tiny pot for as many years as possible. The plants do not flower well when placed in a relatively sizeable growing container, and the plants also do not like being repotted.

Monilaria obconica is different from most succulents as it is not a sun worshiper and should not be placed in direct sunlight. This succulent enjoys the right amount of shade, with movement into colder areas during the summer. Another fact that makes the Bunny Ears different from other succulents is that it requires regular watering during the winter months, especially after the new long leaves start to appear. During the summer, sporadic drinks of water will do just fine.

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In Conclusion

Whether you were thinking of revamping your garden patio or you were looking for a small succulent to train little green thumbs, the Monilaria obconica or Bunny Succulent is the perfect, inconspicuous addition to your home or office. And think of all the fun you could have picked out the perfectly cute bunny container for your Bunny Succulent!

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Happy Planting!

Succulent City chief editor


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5 thoughts on “Bunny Ears Succulents (“Monilaria” Plants On Succulent City)

  1. Hello again Richard! 👋

    Once again, I wish to follow-up on our previous conversation that goes all the way back to 4 September… quite some time ago! 😜

    A few days later, my much-discussed Blue Columnar cactus welcomed a new companion, namely a Bunny-Eared species (a present from my Mum) that seems to have grown at incredible speed between 17 September and 11 November 2023, as indicated in my 4 enclosed photos! 🌵👀

    I must surely have done something right as regards the amount of light and watering! ☀️🚰

    But I would like to refocus on my original cactus, for which I would be grateful for some additional advice… 🤔

    After careful consideration, I have come to the conclusion that it needs an urgent repotting for 2 reasons: 🤨

    1) Ever since I purchased it in July 2022, I noticed roots growing through the drainage holes at the bottom (and on the sides also)… which might explain why 2 of my 7 stems are still refusing to grow (compared to the other 5)! 🌵

    2) In spite of my discipline, involving reasonable watering (including recently with 1% of neem oil), 14 hours of daily light (natural and artificial) and often placing a piece of quality kitchen paper between the pot and the saucer (to suppress any humidity),there are still a few bugs coming out which is disappointing! 🪳😖

    To this effect, I have already purchased new quality cactus mix with gardening gloves, and a new larger pot (terracotta this time as opposed to plastic) will be arriving soon! 🥳

    However, I understand this could be a risky operation in mid-November… 🤔

    But my cactus appears to be sufficiently resilient, and the benefits may outweigh the risks… 😜

    As I wish to avoid making a painful mistake that I could regret, I look forward to your valuable opinion in this strategic matter! 🙂


    Mike Pilkington,
    Lyon, France 🇫🇷

    1. Hi Mike,

      It’s great to hear from you again. It’s been 2 months since the last time I saw you on the “Pilosocereus Pachycladus” post. Congratulations on the new member of the family 😊. If they grow healthily and fast, you must have done it right.

      You are right about repotting the columnar cactus, as the roots outgrow the pot. Also, the slowing down of growth doesn’t necessarily indicate problems. Succulents and cacti are famous for their slow-growing patterns. As I mentioned in the last reply, there must be a type of insect that makes your cactus uncomfortable. You should check this guide for more information: https://succulentcity.com/best-pest-control-for-succulents/.

      Can you tell me more about what concerns you the most when performing the repotting of your cactus at this time of the year? How is the climate around your place?

      I am looking forward to your reply!


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