Night Blooming Cereus | Epiphyllum oxypetalum

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We bought this plant for $2 back in the Fall at a local nursery in their clearance section. It had been sitting in its pot waiting to find a spot in the garden until two weeks ago when I noticed it had a flower bud on it, so I decided to get it in the ground. The term night blooming cereus is used for a variety of night blooming cacti but I believe this one is the more popular Epiphyllum oxypetalum. I started taking photos of it opening around 7pm and continued until about 10:30 pm. It was definitely not fully open by the time I went to bed but I had to get up early to drive to Austin to visit with a friend the next day so photographing it fully open wasn’t on my agenda. Hopefully it will get some more flowers this summer and perhaps I’ll be able to set up a time lapse of it opening. As you can see you’ll need a flashlight or flash camera. I chose a flashlight but I think next time I’ll try the flash on my camera.

Definitely a fun plant to grow!

Comments 2

  1. Gayle wrote:

    I like the effect of the flashlight!

    Posted 08 Jul 2013 at 7:10 am
  2. chel wrote:

    That is super cool! If only they had a night flash that sort of diffused the light so it appeared to be night in the photo but things were lit well (maybe they do have that, or maybe it’s impossible. I’m the girl who uses a phone as a camera, so what do I know?! 😉

    Posted 09 Jul 2013 at 4:23 pm

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