A magical night at May Dreams Gardens. The night blooming cereus, Epiphyllum oxypetalum, bloomed, going from a bud to a fully open flower in just a few hours.
Holding it in my hand to show the overall size of the flower.
Some questions and answers about the Queen of the Night, the night-bloomer.
Does it have a scent? Yes, the scent is fairly strong, especially indoors. It is an earthy, sweet, slightly pungent scent. It isn’t unpleasant, but it is strong and after awhile it would give me a headache if I stayed in the sunroom with it.
Can you actually see it open? It opens relatively quickly and I suppose if you stood there at the right time, for long enough, you would see some movement. I think you can see a noticeable difference between 9:41 and 9:43 in the pictures above, which should give you an idea of how quickly it does open, once it starts to open.
Where did you get your night blooming cereus? It was my Dad’s and after he passed away, I took possession of it. I have now had it for 20 years, and he probably had it for 10 years before that. He grew it from a cutting off a plant owned by a couple who played bridge with my parents. I don’t know where they got their plant.
How long does the flower last? Just one night. By morning, the flower will be hanging limp and wilted.
Enjoy, and good night!
Flowers really do intoxicate me. ~Vita Sackville-West