Some of you may remember me talking about how last summer (2007), I stayed up until 3 a.m. one night to watch a plant bloom. I had just planted some night-blooming cereus, and one of them had a bloom–and I was determined to see the flower. The NBC, you see, blooms at night and then fades away by sunrise–so if you don’t see the flower at night, you don’t see the flower.
Fortunately, my plants this year (the ugliest plants you’ve ever seen, and they have only seemed to thrive under my neglect), put forth several blooms, and they’ve been in full flower by nine p.m.–so no more all-night vigils for me. Last night I had TWO blossoms at once, and pulled out the camera. And so, without further ado, I present pictures of my night-blooming cereus.
Here’s a link to a web site with more info on this fascinating plant. I keep mine outdoors, so I’m not sure how they’d do in cooler climes . . . but you’re welcome to try. 🙂