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Garden - Queen of the Night

Queen of the Night

Scientific name: Epiphyllum oxypetalum, phyllocactus

Type: cactus, night-blooming cereus

Climate: Hot and humid, tropical

Use: viewing party, special cuisine ingredient

Added to garden: 2002

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Queen of the Night is a flower plant of the cactus family. As its name suggests, the fragrant flower blooms at night and dies by sunrise. The plant blooms in mass quantity and several times a year. As its blooming events frequently coincide with full-moon or bright-moon nights, they are sometimes called moon flowers.

It is possible to observe the movement of the bloom in real time. In the past, my family organized night viewing parties to watch the flowers bloom. Although it is inconceivable that the flowers would survive into morning, we have managed this feat twice using a combination of powerful boosters and other unconventional means. However, this is a risky maneuver that could end up killing the plant. This type of phyllocactus emits a pleasant scent when it blooms.

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