We love plants and flowers here at The Cove, and one of our favorites is our ‘Night Blooming Cereus’. Epiphyllum oxypetalum (Dutchman’s pipe cactus or queen of the night) is a species of cactus and one of the most cultivated species in the genus. E. oxypetalum blooms rarely and only at night, and its flowers wilt before dawn.
It flowers in late spring through late summer; large specimens can produce several crops of flowers in one season. This is the most commonly grown of the Epiphyllum species.
Flowers are produced from flattened portions, are up through 11″ long and 6″ wide, nocturnal, and very fragrant, often described as “very faint, sweet-floral, slightly balsamic, musky”
Well, this Halloween day, at 1:30 PM in the afternoon our Cereus was treating us to 6 – 8 wide open blooms…yes in the daytime! It was a beautiful and unexpected Halloween Treat!