Sunday, August 3, 2008

Hylocereus undatus, Night blooming Cereus, Queen of the Night

On the way home from grandma's house along Indian River Dr I passed several palm trees that were covered with this blooming cactus. The Hylocereus undatus, or commonly called Night blooming Cereus, and Queen of the Night, is snake-like, night-blooming cactus that is very fast-growing and a climber that can reach as high as 50 or even 60 feet. It is a very interesting but possibly an invasive cactus for that reason and should possibly be kept under control as it is often a rapid grower that may climb and smother even tall trees as high as 50 feet. However, it is a great cactus to grow because it is so fast-growing and the white flowers are very beautiful - especiallly when they bloom at night. It may get as many as 20 flowers or more possibly all at the same time! Here are a few pictures from the fully engulfed palm tree.


  1. There are several different species. My favorite is called Epiphyllum oxypetalum. Mine only blooms at night & no blooms so far this year! I took a piece of it and shoved it in one of my palms and it is growing! Some species of epiphyllums do bloom in the day, especially the hybrids which produce brightly colored flowers.

  2. its really amazing !!!!!!!!!!