This plant sprouts two long fuzzy leaves growing from a rounded stem, giving it a rabbit-like appearance.

By Jenny Krane and Andrea Beck
Updated February 19, 2020

We've seen succulents that look like jumping dolphins, little green hearts, and even rose flowers but bunny succulents are possibly the most adorable of them all. Monilaria obconica (or sometimes called Monilaria moniliformis) looks like tiny rabbits when it starts to sprout new growth. Two long, narrow leaves grow straight up from a round base, much like a pair of ears on a rabbit's head (they even look a little fuzzy!). Native to South Africa, the bunny succulent has been gaining in popularity over the past few years after going viral in Japan for its "kawaii" (extremely cute) quality. If you get the seeds started, it also makes festive seasonal Easter decor.

As it grows, this succulent will start to look like a tiny round bunny head with two ears sprouting from the top.

Finding sprouted bunny succulents at your local nursery might be tricky, since they're still relatively rare plants despite their popularity online. Luckily, you can order the seeds online and start your own plants. A potting mix made for succulents (super good drainage) is best for growing bunny succulents, which will need regular watering and bright, indirect light. Unlike other succulent varieties that go dormant in the winter, bunny succulents actually do most of their growing during the colder months and go dormant in the summer. Because of this, they can tolerate cold weather better than many other succulents, but you still shouldn't leave them outside in freezing temperatures.

Once established, bunny succulents can grow up to 8 inches tall. The long ears eventually give way to white blooms with yellow centers that resemble tansy or boltonia flowers. Whether in the bunny-ear stage or in bloom, this succulent will make an adorable springtime accent to containers, indoors or out. Just be careful if you decide to buy the seeds online; some listings show these succulents growing bright blue or purple, but green is their only natural color.

If you want an easier-to-find alternative, try growing a bunny ear cactus.
Marty Baldwin

If you decide to start germinating seeds for your own bunny succulents, they probably won't sprout up quickly enough to look like the photos in time for Easter. But you can still have a bunny-inspired plant at the center of your table! Just look for a drought-tolerant bunny ear cactus instead; they're more common than bunny succulents, so you should be able to find one that's already growing a few "ears." This cute cactus grows long, flat pads that look a little like rabbit ears, and doesn't have any sharp spines. Place it in a spot with bright light and give it water when the soil is dry, and it can eventually reach up to two feet tall.

Adding either a bunny succulent or bunny ear cactus (or both!) to your houseplant collection will certainly up the cuteness factor. If you're looking for other rare succulents to grow, you can also find varieties in fun colors like pink and nearly black. One of the best parts of growing succulents is most of them need similar care, so if you've mastered common varieties like echeverias and hens and chicks, don't be afraid to branch out into more unusual plants!


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