The Q&A Archives: Night-blooming Cereus (Cactus)

Question: I have recently acquired a night-blooming cereus. Can you tell me anything about it?

Answer: Night-blooming cereus (Cereus greggii) are fascinating members of the cacti family. Other common names include Arizona queen of the night and reina de la noche, which is Spanish for queen of the night. In nature, they usually grow under trees or shrubs, which help support their almost dead-looking, greyish stems. Stems also sprawl along the ground. Flowers bloom in June and July, open after dusk and wilt by morning. The aroma can carry 100 feet and attracts night-flying insects and moths. The cactus has underground tuberous roots that were once used as food by Native Americans.

Your plant will require excellent drainage and good light (but protection from direct sun). Enjoy your reina de la noche!

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