Queen of the Night flower by loralea

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Queen of the Night flower by 

this is the Epiphyllum oxypetalum or the common name Night blooming Cerus – the orchic cactus
It was given to me by an art friend and it took 3yrs to get it to bloom
the flower starts to open up at night and only lasts about 48 hrs, you can almost watch it open up in front of you and it is spectacular when it reaches it height….. and comes in many colours


red, cactus, plants, flora


  • Laoghaire
    Laoghaireover 5 years ago

    Wow, what a neat flower. Looks like a pointsetta – sort of. Does it just get the one bloom or lots?

  • my plant had four on them – my girlfriends has nine right now which is considered unusual she is told – the flowers get as large as a tea cup plate

    – loralea

    ANNETTE HAGGERover 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot against the lace net curtain…beautiful flower…anna : )

  • Pat Yager
    Pat Yagerabout 5 years ago

    A truly striking bloom, Laura! A friend recently gave me five starts of the white Cerius, and they’re really starting to grow! I imagine it will take several years before they will bloom. I didn’t realize they could also be red – yours is beautiful! – Pat

  • loralea
    loraleaabout 5 years ago

    oh how lucky you are Pat! I was so happy when this one bloomed! I recently had a small green house shed built and I have them out there for the summer and they are very happy! look forward to seeing a bloom of your white cerius!

  • Ming  Myaskovsky
    Ming Myaskovskyabout 5 years ago

    I love this contrast of red and white colors, it pulls your eyes in, very Zen, amazing!! :))

  • photosecosse /barbara jones
    photosecosse /...over 3 years ago

    A great shot !

  • thank you – we sit and literally watch the flower open – its gone in 24hrs

    – loralea

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