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!