Opuntia rufida minima 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 called “glochids. Take care not to touch “glochids” (“dots” of minute spines that detach readily and can cause irritation to the skin and eyes). 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.