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
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.