Night Blooming Cactus
Epiphyllum oxypetalum (“Epi”)
For a beautiful photo gallery of the bloom process, see our new article here.
Also known as Night-blooming cereus (although that is actually a DIFFERENT plant), Dutchman’s Pipe Cactus (from the shape of the stem at bloom time), queen of the night, Cactaceae, orchid cactus, and reina de la noche. This plant only blooms at night and usually only one time (sometime from June to September). The bloom opens after dark (around 10pm) and is wilted in the morning (by 8am). If you get to see it, the bloom is beautiful.
This year, something went wrong with our “Epi.” It started to bloom a couple weeks ago but then the buds disappeared and no more came back. The GotEpis.com site states that it probably is TOO healthy (“Oxypetalum blooms for survival, not pleasure. If the plant is very healthy it doesn’t feel threatened and won’t bloom.”) and to make it bloom, you have to “threaten” it. 🙂 Visit the Wikipedia for more information about this plant. (Visit the DesertUSA site for more information about the actual cereus plant.)
I hate to disappoint everyone about the lack of blooms, so here is a gallery of photos from last year. (I will try to “encourage” it to bloom more next time.)