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Night-blooming Cereus Epiphyllum oxypetalum

Previously known as:

  • Cereus greggii
  • Cereus pottsii
Phonetic Spelling
ep-ih-FE-lum ks-ee-PET-al-um
Description

Queen of the Night is a night-blooming cactus with huge showy fragrant white flowers that close up by dawn. There are no true leaves, but flattened stems that can be easily rooted. Give this plant well-drained average succulent/cactus soil mix in full sun to partial shade. Bring inside when temperatures cool and cut down on watering during the winter to 1-2 times per month.

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Tags:
#fragrant#white#fragrant flowers#white flowers#bats#nighttime garden#large flowers#cactus#night blooming#patio planting#container plants
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#fragrant#white#fragrant flowers#white flowers#bats#nighttime garden#large flowers#cactus#night blooming#patio planting#container plants
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Epiphyllum
    Species:
    oxypetalum
    Family:
    Cactaceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    S. Mexico, Central America
    Wildlife Value:
    Large flowers pollinated by bats.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Houseplant
    Succulent
    Habit/Form:
    Multi-stemmed
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    10b, 10a, 11b, 11a, 12b, 12a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Shape:
    Radial
    Flower Petals:
    7 - 20 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    > 6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Huge showy white fragrant blooms.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Fleshy
    Leaf Margin:
    Crenate
    Undulate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    No true leaves but flattened stems with crenate and wavy margins
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Patio
    Landscape Theme:
    Nighttime Garden
    Attracts:
    Bats